Sunday, February 15, 2015

Broken, but NOT Insignificant!

Hello and God bless my #INSPIRED family!  I pray this blog post blesses and inspires you all!

First and foremost: God is simply amazing, period. He will never, ever cease to amaze me.  I had an interesting moment almost two weeks ago.  I was going through old mail and documents and stumbled across a sermon the Lord gave me almost a year ago!  That sermon wrecked my heart something crazy!  As I sat on my bedroom floor reading this sermon, tears flowed unrestrained.
It spoke directly to my "current situation" at that time.  It encouraged me so, I was in a "WOW" state of mind for a while.  It is astonishing how God gives you a Word to share, and that it is only a matter of time before you realize that it was truly for YOU as well!  In fact, whenever God gives you a Word, it is to YOU first, then to your audience.

I remember the day that Word dropped in my spirit.  I was reading about one of the many miracles of Jesus: the five thousand miraculously fed, the meal consisting of only five barley loaves of bread and two small fishes (John 6:9-14).  During my reading, the word FRAGMENT literally stood out to me in this verse:  "When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." (John 6:12)
I began to wonder why this word was leaping out to me! I mean, I knew the meaning of the word, "fragment." However, whenever something like that stands out, I know it's a prompt by the Holy Spirit to take a deeper look into the meaning and significance of that Word...and oh boy!!  A sermon was birthed.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a FRAGMENT is simply defined in two parts:
“A broken part or piece of something.”
“An incomplete part” (bit, fraction, piece, scrap)
Full definition being: “a part broken off, detached or incomplete.”

When we break something, depending upon the item/quality of the item, what do we usually do especially nowadays?  We THROW IT OUT for more reasons than one.  Back in the day (like 40+ years ago), whatever was BROKEN was FIXED.  Due to the value of merchandise being so low, it’s better to BUY NEW than to FIX because the COST OF FIXING would be EQUIVALENT to, or more costly than, buying NEW.

Think about it:  The ultimate price was ALREADY PAID for us TO BE FIXED and MADE NEW – 2 Corinthians 5:17.  When sin entered the world through one man’s disobedience, according to Romans 5:19, sin separated us from the love of GOD.   Because of JESUS and the price He paid, we have access to being made NEW in HIM. We are COMPLETE in Him!

God does surgery on the heart and the spirit; He fixes us, molds us and shapes us into something beautifully brand new and complete.  WHO WOULDN’T SERVE A GOD LIKE THIS?  Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Ezekiel 36:26 says “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

God can take our fragments and create something wonderfully brand new.  Being a fragment is not a candidate for disqualification.  Being a fragment does not make you an automatic reject or a "damaged good."  In Christ, you are made NEW and RENEWED daily by the gentle touch and refreshing of His Holy Spirit!  Thank God for Jesus and for the Comforter (Holy Ghost)!

"When they were filled, (emphasis added) he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." John 6:12
Usually when you’re filled, you are at a point of completion and fulfillment.  You really have no need for anything else until you run empty again.  Right at that point, Jesus could have said OK, THAT’S IT.  YOU CAN DO AWAY WITH IT, WE DON’T NEED THOSE CRUMBS, THOSE BROKEN PIECES.  Instead, He said GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING BE LOST. Think about crumbs.  Unless you are going through a point of starvation, on the norm we throw them out, brush them off our pants, and trample them under our feet.
We have NO NEED for broken pieces; but GOD has need of you and your fragments.  You might be BROKEN, BUT YOU ARE NOT INSIGNIFICANT! 

During our Walk with Christ, the plagues of this world wears and tears on us-our hearts, our bodies, our minds, even to the point to where we may think, WHAT IS THE POINT?  Sometimes, things will tear us to the point we mentally and physically feel like broken up fragments, scattered about.  You’re over here helping this one, over there attending to the needs of that, you've allowed the wrong people into your lives and hearts, only to be stripped of your sanity, peace and joy. We can be so torn and weather-beaten by people and circumstances that we feel like there's absolutely nothing left in our reservoir.  We are now in a severe drought.

Don’t make the mistake of putting your fragments in the hand of man.  Put your fragments in the Master’s Hands.  We fail by putting our full trust in man, thinking that man is our complete help or will complete us, but know this: Man can’t complete you, but THE ONE who formed and shaped MAN, and breathed LIFE into man's body makes you whole.  Part of the problem with people today is that we often find ourselves looking for validity and acceptance and significance from MAN (mankind). First of all, KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS-that way you won’t have to settle for just any old thang! 

Once we are complete in Christ, God sends a mate to compliment/enhance us to fulfill a bigger purpose.    Think about a cake.  Once the cake is done, it comes out of the oven complete. You have a perfectly baked cake.  Although it is complete, it’s something about icing that compliments it.  Ironically, some prefer cake without icing.  Just give them the cake.  There are some who are content with Christ alone-they are complete and have no need or desire for anything/anyone else BUT Jesus.  However, there are some of us who are complete in Him, and a mate sent from above becomes the icing on the cake-that deliciously extra sweet ingredient/enhancement that makes life a lil’ sweeter.  Just know that true completion is in CHRIST and everything/one else falls in place as life's enhancements. 

Beloved, you may feel very insignificant on this day.  You may feel belittled, feel like dozens of broken pieces of no value, scattered everywhere.  You may feel like you have no purpose, but there is a purpose in you that THOUSANDS could benefit from.  When the Father, through His Son calls you forth, you'll recognize your purpose and the significance you have in and to the Kingdom. He didn’t cast the fragments away.  Those who were fed benefited from the FRAGMENTS, FROM THE BROKEN PIECES-WHY?  Because the CREATOR, the One who sees our beginning and stands at the end, know there is a bigger purpose in us than what we can fathom.  Thousands are waiting to be blessed by your fragments!  You are valued and valuable!  "Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten."  (John 6:13)  

God is saying PEACE, BE STILL.  I want to heal you, I want to gather up those remaining fragments of YOU.  I want nothing to be lost, I will make you WHOLE and ENTIRE.  I am the POTTER, and YOU, my Beloved, are the CLAY.  You are in my Hands.  You are safe and YES, you are significant to me. My Son's Blood was shed for YOU.

JESUS WANTS YOU, every single, solitary bit and fragment of your life.  Give it all to Him, you will not be disappointed. 

Every day is an opportunity for a fresh start.  Seize the day with a grateful and humble heart.
I pray you were inspired...

Your sister in Christ,