Brokenness positions us for promotion. It’s God’s way of moving us from where we are to where He needs us to be.
It may seem simple, but when something is broken it gets moved. Think of how long a trinket or a picture stays in the same place; until it gets broken. It may have occupied that spot for decades but now it has to go. You either fix it or discard it but the fact remains – it gets moved.
Isn’t your life the same way? As long as things remain the same, so do you. Brokenness, on the other hand, positions us for promotion.
#4 BROKENNESS POSITIONS US FOR PROMOTION
We do unusual things when we feel desperate. Struggles, trials, and problems move us from our comfort zones. Take a look at the woman worshipping at Jesus’ feet.
Mark 14:3 (KJV 1900)
3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
After she displayed this unusual act of worship she literally had a mess on her hands. Her broken life, her broken reputation, and her broken possession was all on the floor. Her broken alabaster container illustrated her life and her submission to Christ. Even so, there were two benefits to her brokenness:
1) THERE’S NOTHING HELD BACK
We are great at trying to live behind a false sense of happiness. Ask almost anyone how they are doing and the response is usually the same, “I’m doing fine.” When she placed her brokenness at the feet of Jesus she held nothing back. When a vessel becomes broken it’s nearly impossible to hold anything back.
2) THERE’S NO GOING BACK
After it’s broken, its contents can never go back in the same way. Once she allowed her brokenness to be on display there was no going back.
Now consider Jesus’ response.
Mark 14:9 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Her brokenness positioned her for promotion. It put her in front of the Master so that even today we are learning from her example. Of all the people with Jesus that day, she was the only one who caught His attention.
Psalm 51:17 (KJV)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Don’t despise your brokenness. Present it to Jesus and allow Him the opportunity to use it to promote you!
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