Humbling ourselves to be made more like Christ
Do we ignore the areas in our lives that need tending to? Do we ignore our areas of weakness or wrongdoing? What area can you work on?
Pick just one area and focus on it for the year. Is it gossiping? Is it lack of self-control? Is it insensitivity? Is it laziness?
We all have ‘cracks’. The little cracks of today can become big holes later. There’s no shame in that. But let’s fix them before they become bigger problems. Jesus loves walking with broken and cracked people. He loves helping us to continuously become more like Him, little by little, crack by crack.
Israel is like a house in ruins, but you have not gone up into the broken places or repaired the wall. So how can Israel hold back the enemy in the battle on the Lord’s day of judging? (Ezekiel 13:5)
The reason the Israelites got into so much strife and were sent into Babylonian captivity was because they didn’t tend to their cracks. God was willing to forgive and help them, but they ignored their issues and sins. Their pride and stubbornness held them back from restoration and peace.
Lose your pride and humble yourself. Find people that are honest with you and support you in your right-living. Don’t listen to the world’s encouragement to ignore your brokenness. Don’t pretend you’ve got it all together when in reality, none of us do. If the Israelites had acknowledged their sin and need for help, they could have avoided so much pain.
“‘It is because they lead my people the wrong way by saying, “Peace!” when there is no peace. When the people build a weak wall, the prophets cover it with whitewash to make it look strong. So tell those who cover a weak wall with whitewash that it will fall down. Rain will pour down, hailstones will fall, and a stormy wind will break the wall down. When the wall has fallen, people will ask you, “Where is the whitewash you used on the wall?”… By your lies you have caused those who did right to be sad, when I did not make them sad. And you have encouraged the wicked not to stop being wicked, which would have saved their lives. (Ezekiel 13:10-12, 22)
Get some good encouragers around you. And most importantly, keep your heart turned toward God. He is always willing to help us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Becoming like Christ is not an overnight journey. It is an ongoing journey of a lifetime. Don’t be disheartened when you fail, but use it as determination to become more like Christ.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. (Lamentations 3:21-25)
God loves redeeming. He loves taking our brokenness and making beauty with it. Allow Him to fix your cracks with His grace and goodness.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Peter 3:17-18