I am praying for a breakthrough for some people in my life. Ideally, I would love to see breakthrough in all of the lives of those I love. In this case, there are some who carry a lot of old “junk” or baggage with them wherever they go; either way it is just a burden. A weight that pulls them down instead of building them up.
The burden comes from old hurts inflicted both by others and self-inflicted. I have learned from my own journey that the hurts inflicted by others lead to self-infliction. There are people who live to tear down, love to cut down others– kind of like an emotional lumberjack on steroids. Cutting down wide swathes in their paths, these emotional lumberjacks make a comment, give a look, even a cocked eyebrow in some cases and WHAM! down comes another person. Or maybe it’s just another chunk out of you.
God does not work that way. He longs to grow us and build us and use us for His glory. Some may balk at the idea that God wants to “use us” especially if they have been used by others in the past. God doesn’t work that way–the selfish way– He says that he wants to perfect us, making us complete and mature (James 1:3).
God is like the ultimate gardener; pruning, grafting, staking us to a tall, straight example of how we are to grow. God loves us so much, He doesn’t want us to wallow in the pain others have caused. He wants us to bring that pain, the hurts, the baggage, the burden to Him. He wants us to lay it at His feet, allowing Him to deal with it, to heal us, to make us whole, perfect, without blemish or defect—no matter what someone else has told us we are worth–or not worth.
We were worth the love and sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Beth Moore said it this way, “The very heart of the Gospel is realizing that God did not simply provide a sacrifice for us, but instead of us ( A Woman’s Heart God’s Dwelling Place, week 1).”
John 10:10 says, “The thief (the devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (parentheses mine).” Some translations say “life abundantly.”
It’s Holy Week this week. The week between Palm Sunday and Easter. This is the week that Jesus entered into, knowing full well that He would be facing that very Thief and the very week He exited Fully Victorious (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
How will you enter this week? Will you come with your baggage, your burden, your hurts and pains only to exit the same way? Or will you do what so many have over the centuries– come to the Cross and lay it down, never to pick it up again. Knowing that the love and blood of Christ–shed for you and for me is enough.
Enough to heal, to bring hope, to share the brilliance of a breakthrough.
“Why do you search for the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen–just as He said (Luke 24:5-6).”