Where I volunteer we interview the clients who have never come in before for services. We have a variety of questions we ask. One of them is do you attend church. Some often say, “Well, no not yet” or, “I haven’t found one yet” or a number of other excuses. We do have several who attend church. One lady I recently asked gave me a very interesting answer.
Her answer was she goes to a church named Broken Pieces Ministry. It’s in Cleburne Texas. It is a non-denominational church. I love the name of that church. I think broken pieces describe all of us who attend church. Better yet, I think the name of all of our churches should be our church name and then we should follow the example of the church in Cleburne and add Broken Pieces Ministry.
Those of us who attend church if we are willing to admit it have been broken at some point in our lives. The word broken in my Thesaurus means fragmented, shattered, cracked, smashed, damaged, ruin, wrecked and destroyed. That takes in a lot of meanings. Some of us have come from fragmented lives; torn families. Some of us have been shattered by mental or physical abuse. Some of us have been damaged by drugs or alcohol. Some of us have been ruined by marriages that went bad and some of us have been wrecked and destroyed by financial turmoil, or loss of jobs. We have all lost someone who has meant something to us and we are devastated and broken by their loss in our lives. People who go to church are all recovering or dealing with something in their lives either present or past.
“All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory…” Romans 3:23 Even if we have not been through anything I mentioned above we still are not perfect. We all have fallen short and messed up. We live in a fallen world and at some point we will mess up. Now someone of you might be saying, “Yes, but not as bad as some.” Let me remind you a sin is a sin. There is no sin that is better or worse than any other. Sin is sin in God’s eyes. So, that makes us all broken pieces.
So now that we know the church is full of broken pieces what’s next? The next thing is knowing God loves broken pieces. He loves us when we come to Him just as we are and not try to fix ourselves before we come to Him. He’s in the business of mending us. We cannot mend ourselves. AA members come as they are. They don’t try to get sober before going to a meeting. If they could get sober themselves what good are AA meetings? Drug abusers don’t go to rehab already free from their drugs they go as they are; wanting to be healed and free from their habit. That’s the way it should be with us. We should be willing to go just as we are and allow the One who created us to do the healing.
Sheila Walsh wrote a book called, “God Loves Broken People.” This is an excerpt she wrote talking about her book, “If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known. It’s not that God loves broken people more than those who imagine themselves to be whole―it’s simply that they know they are loved. They dare to believe it . . . and through such trust, a new wholeness emerges from yesterday’s broken pieces.”―Sheila Walsh
God loves you just the way you are. You are beautiful to Him. He cannot see the broken pieces. God sees who you can be in Him and that is beauty beyond all the scars people may see in your life.
So we know church is filled with broken pieces and God loves those broken pieces. But, you are asking, “Can He really use me? What good is broken pieces?” Yes, God takes all the broken pieces and joins them together to make a beautiful thing. He can take a church full of broken pieces put them all together and teach them to love others who are broken. When the church begins to realize they are full of broken pieces that God wants to heal and use then you will find a church that has the heart of God. Mark 2:17 reminds us, “When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.” “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)
Jesus uses those broken to help restore the lives of those who are seeking to be healed. When we share our stories and what Christ has done for us, when we walk alongside someone and bring them to Christ we have done what God has called us to do. When we share our stories of brokenness with others and they see what Christ has done in our lives we bring those broken into our midst and God’s kingdom gets a little bigger and a little brighter.
A puzzle is broken into pieces until someone comes along and puts it altogether to make a beautiful picture or at least something that makes sense. That’s the way it should be in our churches; broken pieces coming together to make sense of what God is doing in the world today and to make it all beautiful.
I hope your church is full of broken pieces that God is using to make something beautiful. I hope your church is full of broken pieces that are coming together to help bring missing, broken pieces together so that someday when we all reach Heaven our finished picture will be beautiful and not one piece missing.
Are you broken? Are you hesitant about walking into church with all of your brokenness? Don’t be afraid for you see we all are broken in one way or another. But, God has taken our brokenness, put us together and using us as His hands and feet. Come and join us as together we allow God to heal our brokenness. We love you just the way you are. You don’t have to change. God is in the healing and the restoration business. God is taking each of the broken pieces and putting them back together to make a beautiful picture, are you the missing or broken piece He’s looking for?
Dear God, remind me as I enter the doors to my sanctuary we are all broken pieces coming together to be your hands and feet. Help us to reach out to our family, friends and neighbors who are broken and afraid to come in. Help us as we share our stories of being broken and how we allowed you to heal us. Teach us not to judge the broken pieces but to love them just as they are. Remind us we are not to do the healing, but let you heal as we walk alongside them and encourage them. Thank you for healing me in my brokenness. Thank you for loving me in my brokenness. Amen