Jesus didn’t allow rejection, suffering, and pain to harden His heart but became broken and poured out His life for us.
Let’s follow His example and allow God to use our brokenness to deliver souls in the nations.
“My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 (AMPC)
Week 1: The Broken Life
Jesus was acquainted with grief. He experienced pain and suffering not only on the Cross but throughout His life—in His body and soul (Isaiah 53:12). Jesus was rejected by His own. They chased Him out of the synagogues and wanted to kill Him. That was His life.
Week 2: Broken Hearts
When you plant a seed, there is life inside, but there is a hard shell around it. Before we came to Christ, the wounds and hurts in our lives built a hard shell around our hearts. That hard shell is sin—the old nature, Satan's nature—and it builds a wall between God and us.
Week 3: Stay Broken
Jesus did not allow the rejection, hatred, and bitterness from His own people to harden His heart. He broke His flesh instead of giving in to it, which is why His light and love could flow. When Jesus saw what He had to go through, He said, "not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42).
Week 4: Broken and Obedient
When we carry out God's work or instructions our own way, we are being disobedient. Many Christians are born-again, read the Word, pray, and want their sins forgiven, but they don't want to do it God's way. In Acts 9, we read how Saul persecuted and killed the Christians, thinking he was working for God and living a holy life. He thought it was what God wanted him to do.
Week 5: Broken and Blessed
God’s Spirit and glory will rest on those who suffer for His name. One of the purposes of our suffering is to deepen our relationship with God, making it more real and intimate instead of superficial.