Gingerbread cookies are meant to be eaten whole. When they are broken, they feel incomplete. They are just no fun to eat. Brokenness in general is no fun!
God, though, God likes brokenness in people. If His choice is a broken person or a prideful person, He will choose brokenness every time. He is king of the broken and He wants to be King of your heart.
If you are someone who has been broken, you may not understand how God can use you or you may have discovered the secret that David did. It’s a secret that isn’t hidden. God loves to reveal it to His people. To be close to the heart of God we must be broken of our selfish ways and prideful nature so we can depend on God in His rightful place as King of the broken.
Difference Between Kings
It’s very much like the difference between Saul and David. Both held the title of king. However, Saul really believed he was king. David knew he was not king and that the real king was the God who ruled and reigned in his heart.
The Lord’s instruction to Saul was that he completely destroy the enemy. But he failed to follow these instructions.
In doing so, “it confirmed that Saul had failed to completely destroy the enemy within his own heart as well,” said Jeremy Risner, C2 lead pastor. “Saul was determined to be his own king. He remained unbroken before the Lord.”
After David became king, the prophet Nathan confronted him of his sin of adultery with Bathesheba and murder of her husband.
“With his sin revealed, he had a choice, pride or brokenness,” Risner said. “You can’t have it both ways.”
And he remembered what Samuel had taught him with his words of “be broken” and what Saul had taught him by not becoming broken and losing everything.
“A broken man was what God wanted and needed to lead His people,” Risner said. “So in brokenness, David repented. The secret to ruling you life is brokenness through repentance.”
What God Wants
What God wants always is for His people to depend on Him. Many times that takes our own stubborn spirit of pride to be broken.
As David said to God, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite hear You, God, will not despise.”1
Those who are deeply repentant and accept God as king will do three things: throw themselves on the character of God, fully own the extent of their sin and long for real transformation.
Those who understand these concepts will let Christ sanctify them so that He can be king. “He wants to sanctify those who will be broken,” Risner explained. “He wants to claim you for His own. If God is jealous after one thing it is to make His children look more like Jesus.”
Many people accept Christ as God, but accepting Him as King and Master means we have to let Him into every area of our lives.
Who Do We Become Broken?
Will we let Him be King of our business, marriage, finances, family, future, desires? Will we let Him be King of the areas we run to for comfort, courage, provision, protection and identity?
What are those things and how do we submit them totally to Him?
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak,” said C.S. Lewis. “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
What are the things we run to for pleasure and how do we redirect and redeem our tendencies to go our own way, do our own thing and actually, try to save ourselves?
It is only through brokenness that we allow God to rule us completely. It is only by allowing God to clean up our mess through the blood of Christ. “God says, ‘There ain’t no mess I haven’t seen and yours isn’t the worst by far,’
“God wants to be our king. He wants us to be desperate for Him. He doesn’t want fans. He wants followers. Jesus wants to be the only God and King of our lives.”
Until we allow everything to leak from our brokenness, we will not be ready to be fully committed to Jesus.
What is the area, the desire, the hidden thing you are holding on to that is keeping you from completely allowing Christ to be king of your heart?
Listen to the song, King of My Heart, and contemplate what it really means in your life to make Him King. Then, share your answer to the above question.
1 Psalms 51:16-17 NIV
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.