Published: 10 years ago

Broken People

I’ve been with a lot of hurting people this week.

Failed marriages, derailed relationships, deeply-entrenched sin, broken dreams, disturbing doctor’s reports, addictions that seemingly can’t be kicked.

There’s one thing that serves as a common denominator for each of these broken people, and that’s their view of Jesus.

When Jesus serves as Savior, they are able to see above their circumstances.  Are things still tough?  Sure.  Do they want to bypass this stage of life?  Absolutely.  But with Jesus as Savior, broken people know that there is a method to the madness.  They know that even though they’ve hit bottom, Jesus is there with them.  Therefore, they have hope.

When Jesus serves as Safety, things are entirely different.  You’re familiar with that term, right?  Your “safety” is the thing you go back to when your other pursuits don’t work out…like your undergrad degree or your familiar ex-boyfriend or even my Reese’s Cup milkshake from Cook Out.  We try other things because we know the safety is there…just in case.  Jesus as safety is a train wreck waiting to happen.  While he will still patiently wait, we do great damage to our soul as we pursue life outside of Jesus.  We drift.  We get off course.  We lose perspective.  And then we wonder why we’re in the shape we’re in.

Jesus never asked to be safety, he asked to be Savior.  He doesn’t desire to sit on the sidelines until we call him into the game as a last-inning substitution.  He wants to charge headlong into our lives and transform us from the inside out.

How about you?  Is Jesus functioning as your Savior?  Or as your safety?


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  1. B the Builder says:

    Well spoken, wordsmith man.
    But I find myself in the cushy american life, not purposefully but yet true, I find myself so frequently trying to do it on my own.
    Great reminder to keep Him out in front, always in the game and not just reserved for the crucial inning or when a homer is needed.

  2. kupernikus says:

    Safety defines what was worst of my ways. Being a selfish person, I would and did act impulsively without thinking, only to assuage my fears and make myself feel better, and it always was only temporary. So I understand your analogy reference our views of Jesus, and I can reasonably state that I view Jesus as my savior.

    Nothing material means anything to me anymore, I have discovered that my family is the single most important thing to me and will be evermore, and I have put my trust and faith in Jesus to protect me from my old ways and to continually guide me along the right path, not the easiest… I pray for His transformation every day….

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