Made to be Broken
Last week in our gathering, I mentioned in prayer that God didn’t create Grace Fellowship just to gather on a Sunday morning. That’s not why Grace Fellowship exists, and I know for certain that it’s not why a number of people call Grace their church family.
He did, however, create this church in order to break our hearts. By that, I don’t mean disappoint us. Rather, I mean breaking the hardness and stubbornness of our hearts set like flint against God’s purpose, God’s compassion, God’s mercy, and God’s concern for the oppressed. He made Grace Fellowship in order to break that.
He made our church in order to break our hearts for one another, that by doing life together in Christ’s name, we love one another as we love ourselves, expressed in authentic, tangible, and sometimes relationally messy ways.
He made our church in order to break our hearts for our neighbors, so that wherever our members live, those neighborhoods have a follower of Jesus whose heart is broken for them.
He made our church in order to break our hearts for our city, so that there are champions against oppression and injustice.
He made our church in order to break our hearts for the world, that God loved by giving His only Son.
As good as gathering on Sunday mornings is, He made us a church for so much more, and to accomplish it through breaking our hearts.