Eleven women gathered at our Black Butte home for a time of spiritual and physical refreshment. In between sessions the ladies were able to bike, hot tub, walk, and shop. Sometimes in snow, sometimes in sunshine. Crazy spring weather!

The three sessions were: Broken By Choice, Broken Made Whole, and Broken and Poured Out. They represent the progression we make spiritually when we turn to Christ for “fixing.” First, we must choose to let our need for Him “break” us. Secondly, when the effects of this world, or others, or we ourselves cause brokenness in us, we can come to Jesus to make us whole. And even better and stronger than before. And finally, once we are mended by our Lord and Savior, He can work through us to help others heal and rebuild their lives.

I got word from a reader today who mentioned how timely the third message is in light of the fear and brokenness is being caused by the Corona Virus. So I want to share some of that message with you here, in hopes that it will encourage you today.

Broken and Poured Out

We are currently in the season of Lent (the forty days before Easter), a time when many fast from various pleasures in order to focus their hearts and minds on Christ. Believers everywhere celebrate Jesus for the sacrifice He made for us—so we might be spiritually whole. 

“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

We don’t like to think of our Lord and Savior as broken, but His physical body was torn and mangled beyond recognition so He could complete His mission as the Lamb of God. No one would abuse or mistreat a lamb intended as a sacrifice. They were nurtured and gently handled so they were not marred in any way—they had to be perfect in order to be acceptable. But Jesus, the perfect Son of God, was abused and tortured before His death on the cross.

Somehow, Jesus’ disciple Mary (Lazarus’ sister) understood His need for comfort and honor before the horror to come. She was moved by the Holy Spirit to perform a service of extreme devotion. Mary took her expensive alabaster jar filled with perfume and broke it to anoint Jesus’ body. Others tried to rebuke her, but Jesus praised her loving sacrifice.

“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Mark 14:3-9).

Thankfully, God’s doesn’t put us back together only to sit us on a shelf. He wants to make us useful vessels. We will be talking in this last session about how to move from art on display into active servants for the kingdom.

1: Jesus’ Example

Read Psalm 22 aloud. What prophesies did Jesus fulfill in His death?

2: Broken AND Poured

How are we different when we’re merely broken than when we’re broken and poured out for God?

3: Sacrifice

What inspires you most about Mary’s complete surrender?

4: Made Whole to Restore Others

The most wonderful thing happens when the Lord heals our brokenness. We are not only beautiful and whole, but we join in His work!

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. YOUR PEOPLE WILL REBUILD the ancient ruins and will RAISE UP the age-old foundations; you will be called REPAIRER of Broken Walls, RESTORER of Streets with Dwellings” (Isaiah 58:11-12).

Who is the Lord calling you to rebuild, raise up, repair, or restore by the power of His Holy Spirit? What are some practical steps you can take?

  • Acts of service
  • Words of encouragement
  • Helping left their burden
  • Teaching them God’s truths
  • Invited them ____________
  • Give ________________

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