Think about it for a moment. Just a moment, now. You are broken. I am broken. We have broken bodies, broken hearts. Our identity is NOT our brokenness, however. That is not and I do mean NOT our eternal “death sentence.”
We are adored by the King of KIngs. ADORED. Think on that! Feel it. Know it. Not sure about you but just the other day someone used the word “adore” in relation to me and I was just a bit startled. I know I am loved. Adored is a word that takes love a step or two further though. I don’t often hear that word spoken to me . . . except in my heart and soul when I am with the Lord and focused on Him. It is then that I know with every fiber of my being that there is nothing that can take it from me, and never even into life everlasting! That’s huge! It’s hard for our human minds to take hold of, isn’t it?
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
I was a bit too aware of my own human frailty yesterday and when I couldn’t push it aside by myself, I reached out to a Christian friend for prayer support. He’s a busy man. He didn’t respond to my text message. It’s that way with text messages, though. We feel our phone vibrate, we glance, we toss it into our pockets and go on with our responsibilities.
He did pray though. For, suddenly, I felt his prayer. I felt my joy and my hope rise within me. My afflictions didn’t go away but ceased to be my focus. As this amazing love of my Lord washed over me, I looked up suddenly and noticed my silenced cell phone on the desk was lit up. Glancing at it, I saw that he had responded and in that instant when I felt my Lord’s presence and was once again aware of being wrapped in His love? That was just when my friend had been praying for me.
We are the body of Christ. We are not Him, but we serve Him and He is in us. We do not have to go it alone and are not meant to. We are to turn to Him and to one another as collective members of His body in this world.
Do not be defined by your brokenness. It is temporary. It is not important. Be defined by the life that is within you! Eternal life! It was given to you at baptism and won for you on a cross all those many, many years ago.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4