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Thursday, October 2, 2014

There Is Hope in Admitting My Brokenness

In review of Luke 12:2 it says, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.”

Bottom Line:
Eventually everything that is covered up will be revealed, all that is secret will be made known.

What this means to me:
I need to remember that everything that is covered up will eventually be revealed, all secret’s will be made known. At the end, all will be evident. So, in order to get to a place of hope, I need to see God for who he really is, and learn to be honest with myself; admitting the truth about myself. And this truth is, that “I’m broken.”

Romans 3:23 tells me, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (NLT). There’s is something in all of us that is broken.

However, even knowing this, I realize that there is something in me that wants to hide the truth and pretend it’s not there. In fact I probably end up spending way too much time and energy trying to hide from this simple truth.

I need to keep in mind that, in the end I’m not going to be able to hide from it. Luke 12:2 says, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known” (NASB). This is actually a scary verse. Wow, I thought if I could just get through the rest of this life, keep my hurt, habit, or hang-up secret and not tell anybody, when I get to go to Heaven, it will all get erased. If I can just make it until I die, then I’m going to be OK, and nobody will ever know.

In the Message paraphrase version it says: “You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known.

In the end, when all is revealed and known, I don’t think we are going to look at each other and go, “Wow! You did that? I’m so disappointed in you. It’s shocking that you did that.” In the end, I’m going to end up realizing that we’re all the same. We’ve all got the same struggles. We’re all broken.

I won’t be pointing fingers at others. Instead I’ll be pointing at the One who loves us, Jesus Christ, and saying “Thank you! Thank you that you’ve forgiven me for.”

There is true freedom in understanding this. The good news is that I do not have to wait until the end. This truth, should bring new freedom. It should bring new hope into my life.

I need to see who I really am; broken, and loved. I am loved by the One who knows me best. God’s love will never disappoint me and never give up on me. “I love you with an everlasting love. So I will continue to show you my kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3b GW).

I think I insist on hiding my brokenness, because I don’t want anyone to know that I struggle and that I don’t have it all figured out. I need to learn to be open and willing to share what I struggle with. In the past I’ve seen God do amazing things when I have admitted a problem, I should realize that he will always do the same.