Message From Matt | June 29, 2018

If you’re broken, don’t fix it!

Most guys that I know are fixers…at least we want to be!  

If there is a problem at work, we want to be the one to solve it!  If our wife or kids are sad we want to cheer them up!   If there is something or someone that needs to be rescued, we want to be the one to do it!  We always want to save the day and be a hero for the ones that we love and what’s wrong with that?  NOTHING!!  

I think that it is a great thing for men to step up to lead, help, and encourage everyone they connect with and there needs to be more of that going on. But what happens when we can’t fix things?  Generally, we get very frustrated!  Frustrated because we don’t like it when things are broken and we often can feel like a failure when we can’t fix it.  

Of course ladies can be “fixers” too, as this desire to fix broken things is universal and transcends genders.  However, whether you’re a man or a woman, there is a reality to accept.  The reality is that there are some things that are meant to be broken!  The question that goes along with that reality is, “What if the things that need to be broken are things that are a part of you?”  What if you are the one that needs to be broken?”
 
When I was younger I heard a phrase that has since stuck with me.  The phrase is, “God cannot fully use a man until He fully breaks a man!”   Although no one initially likes the thought of being broken (especially in our culture that promotes self- reliance and self- ability), I think this phrase is not only Biblical, but  is very practical!   
 
As a seed goes through the process of being broken so it can produce its fruit (see John 12:23-25), there are things that need to be broken in us so that we can produce greater fruit for God!  David knew this after he was confronted with his sins towards Uriah and Bathsheba.   He wrote In Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  David knew that God wanted him to have a broken spirit and broken heart.  Once he had this brokenness, God was going to use it to mold him into a better man!  Through all of the dumb decisions that David made, the reason that he was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) is that he would become broken and repent of his sins.
 
David was great in many ways, but he also had sin patterns that needed to be broken in him!  Are there sin patterns that need to be broken in you?  The answer is most likely, yes!  The follow up question is, “Are you willing to be broken?” If so, ask God to show you what needs to be broken and ask Him for daily help to overcome these sinful habits and patterns.  He will show you!  He will help you!  Be open to being broken!“

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” – Psalm 34:18