“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God, not to us.” 1 Corinthians 4:7
Some of the strongest and wisest people I know come from a broken past. It’s often the ones who come from brokenness that grow up to be the most loving and understanding. It’s the people who have cracks in their own soul who know how to pour into the cracks of others’ souls. You often see the people who do the most for God’s kingdom and the most good for others come from a place of sin and shame.
Your “brokenness” and your “damage” is not something for you to sweep under the rug in your mind and pretend it’s not there. God uses where you’ve been and who you were for His good.
He uses you.
Maybe you think you’re too far gone or you’ve somehow lost your value, but you are still precious and worthy because of Christ and what He’s done for you. Things you did in the past, who you thought you were, or maybe even things you’re doing now, do not define who you really are. Who you are is found in Christ and His saving grace.
So, don’t cover up your shame, and don’t let it force you into hiding. Allow God to use your “damage” or past mistakes to show others His glory and grace. Stand firm and securely on Christ’s foundation. Rest in the knowledge that you are who you are because of Christ. Your identity doesn’t rely on your accomplishments or mistakes, it relies solely on God. And that should be so comforting to us, because it is not our burden to make ourselves “worthy”.
So knowing that, you can face the world and admit: yes, this is where I was…but this is where I am now, and it’s only because of the saving grace of my loving Savior
The cracks in your soul are where God’s light shines through, where His glory and power are revealed.
The power of Christ steals your shame.
Being ashamed of where you came from prevents others from seeing the work of a redeeming God. Allowing others in, no matter how painful, lets them see how God moves. You become a living, breathing, example of the power of God’s grace. People need to see God’s providence in your life. Other people need to see your testimony. They need to see your example.
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
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