Updated: Nov 12, 2018
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
Brokenness is the birthplace of true greatness. Now greatness is not a bad thing in God’s eyes, but God’s brand of greatness is unlike what we may imagine. And any notion that the pursuit of greatness with God is odd, is merely a flawed perception. There’s more substance, style, and staying-power in greatness that flows from God. However, this brand of greatness only grows out of trials and is shaped through utter dependence on God.
So just when you think you’re at your end, you’re positioned for God to do something radical and new – something great! The deeper the brokenness the more complete God's work will be. In Christ, brokenness is a new beginning, a joint venture with the God who breathes life, purpose, and greatness into dead things. Great people are born in the shadows of despair. But don’t let your soul stay in a place of sorrow another moment. Put your hope in God. Place your life at his feet. Greatness is about to be born in you!
Here's some ideas to capture this moment of pain:
Listen to your heart and embrace your story of pain.
Own everything you can and tell God all your failings – your brokenness.
Let the love of God surround you in the stillness of your pain – he WILL meet you.
Special Note: Karl is the lead pastor of 180 Chicago. Our worship celebration is held Sundays, 10 am, at Whitney Young on the near west side of Chicago. We invite you to join us and be sure to reserve your autographed copy of Karl's book, THRILL.