This Sunday as you head out to church, or to worship wherever you plan to worship, I encourage you to allow any brokenness you have inside or have had inside, become a beautiful mosaic of worship to the Father.
I keep seeing a stained-glass window, those windows are made in pieces and look rather like a mosaic. But even in their pieced together form, they are so beautiful. In fact, that is a large part of what makes them beautiful. And when light reflects through a stained-glass window it is nothing short of breathtaking. It casts a rainbow of color on anything around. It is beautifully broken.
You undoubtedly have suffered hurts in different places throughout your life, but instead of letting the hurt define you, what if you let the beauty of Christ shine through that place and make it beautiful rainbow of healing that others can see? Even if you have been hurt by “the church”, make a decision to not let that rob you from offering the Lord the worship and praise that He deserves. It’s never supposed to be about others. Worship is for God alone, and He inhabits that praise. So, why not let His fullness shine through your brokenness as you worship with abandon today? You just might encourage another believer or non-believer to also allow themselves to be given fully to worship. That would certainly be worth it, wouldn’t it?
God doesn’t need perfect people. He above all, knows that none of us are. But He created us to need communion with Him. He created us to partner with Him. If like Paul, we will boast in our weakness, instead of trying to appear perfect, then Christ can work through that brokenness with a beauty we could never imagine.
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know- God knows. And I know that this man- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows- was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10