Blessed and Broken

Prayer and Meditation of a Brother

Before the multitude could be fed, Jesus had to bless the offering and break it; then, and only then, could the offering be distributed by the disciples.  Note:  Jesus did not go around feeding the 5000; he rather, depended on his disciples to impart the offering.   He first did what He needed to do, and then he commanded His disciples to carry out the delivery of the offering.  If we were one of the people being fed, would we thank the bread for being bread?  The fish for being fish?  Would we thank the disciples for bringing the bread and fish?  Or would we be astute enough to know who to thank?  If we are disciples, we should know from where the bread and fish come from.  As we feed the multitude as disciples, we should be amazed and glorifying God for his appropriation.  Christ blessed the offering by thanking the Father, but the offering cannot be spread without the breaking.  The bread of life is Christ Himself, and He was broken for us.  If we are truly disciples, then we should be humbled by the mere fact that we are in charge of distributing a broken Christ.  What an awesome commission!

Scripture always amazes me, in that it has so many layered meanings, and there is so much to glean from its Truth.  Are we not blessed and broken also?  We must take up our cross daily.  Are we broken today?  If we are not, then we cannot fulfill the commission.  We may be blessed, but until we are broken for His sake; then the feeding of the people God loves cannot happen.  I used to think that Christ breaks us once and for all, and then begins to work in our lives, but I was wrong.  It is a process.  Each time I am broken for Him, it hurts!  It is not pleasant in the flesh or in the soul, but it is a sweet smelling aroma to the Father.  Our unwillingness to be broken can hinder His work.  Are we willing to be broken today?  Do we think that pride, for instance, is removed once-and-for-all?  No way!  We are all living proof that that is not the case!  Do we pretend that we do not have pride as an obstacle every day?  Self is pride.  We must give it to God every day; we cannot function properly without the sacrifice of self and the brokenness that is required!

Because we are the hands and feet and instrument of our Savior, we must be yielded completely.  To be yielded completely, requires Faith.  How do we increase our Faith?  One of my favorite verses:

“Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him?  I think not.  So likewise you, when you have done all those things which are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants.  We have done what was our duty to do’”.  Luke 17:9-10.

This was Christ’s response to His apostles’ request to “Increase our faith” vs. 5.  Do we really want our Faith to be increased, or do we just wish it were so?  The ultimate sacrifice of brokenness (a worthy and awesome sacrifice!) is realizing it is our duty to follow His commands.  Not my will Lord, but Yours and Yours alone.  We must remember:  “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  Phillipians 1:21;  there is no way possible for us to self-create enough faith to offer ourselves up in this way.  But, through Christ’s blessing us, He provides the conduit for true brokenness for His name’s sake.  We cannot do it; it is against our nature.  Praise the Lord for His awesome power!  We live in Christ, we are blessed, we must be broken, and we must find that brokenness in the light of God’s grace.  Now we can gladly do His work of love!

May our heavenly Father, through His work in His Son, and His Son’s work through us be glorified.  May we yield ourselves in love that is our duty to Him.  For we praise the name of the Lord, and lift Him up for all to see.  Let His light shine through us as we lay ourselves down as He laid Himself down.  We are joyful to be the servant and slave of the almighty God.  Amen.

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7 thoughts on “Blessed and Broken

  1. DiscipleGideon, it is evidence that you are a disciple of the Lord. Your words were not your own. The fact that we must be broken in light of Gods grace is a beautiful and amazing truth, but not one that is popular to preach on. Everyone wants a blessing but they do not want to do what is required to receive it. And, the truth is that the blessing that we receive in obedience to God is God himself. He is the prize and we as His disciples must be ambassadors of God, ministers of reconciliation. You have a gift to communicate the truth of God and thank you for sharing your heart in this post. Thank you for commenting on my blog as well, it means alot to have another brother in Christ feel the same way regarding the “Black Friday” headlines. the Truth of Christ will be more easy to see as the darkness around us grows darker. Keep shining the light of our Lord!! Great post!

    • Yes, yes, yes…the blessing is Him! I so enjoy reading posts in the blog community about our Lord. It is refreshing to know that in some strange way, we are “gathering ourselves together”. I have only recently understood what sharing really means. It is the life-blood of faith to be built as a body…stitched together in as many and varied ways as God will allow. I feel our generation is finally waking up from a costly slumber; my prayer is that people begin to recognize the Voice: the voice of the Shepherd, the voice of our Savior, the voice inside our hearts, the still small voice that whispers of freedom and light and truth and a way to right the wrongs. May the Lord give us the gift of Himself! The Holy Spirit of God is moving in a powerful and profound way. Bless you my friend, and may the name above all names bless your ministry.

  2. Learning to conquer self is our biggest challenge. But I can do all things through Christ.
    Thanks for another well written post diciplegideon. May the Good Lord continue to inspire you to share His Word.

    • You know, sometimes we fear that painful part of being a Christian…but it is glorious. Only our Savior can build out of the ashes of ourselves; He requires that we not only be broken, but also to be willing to be so over and over again…until the race is finished. God bless you for your support and ministry!

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