“Whoever falls on that stone will be broken in pieces;
but if it falls on him, he will be crushed to powder!” Luke 20:18
We often think of brokenness as a condition we are left in
after the world has had its way with us—that we come to Yeshua broken, asking
Him to put us back together. When we allow the world to break us, we come to
Yeshua with a pile of pieces that have been broken by human hands, asking the
Master to reform them, but if we allow Yeshua to break us, the pieces are
formed by His hands, and we cannot dictate the pattern with which we will
What does it mean to be truly broken? Why do we need to be
broken at all? We are all going to fall at some time or another—the question
is: when we fall, are we going to be on the stone or under it?
When we fall, do we want the Lord to be able to pick us up again, or will we be
completely annihilated? When we fall, are we falling to our knees in reverence
and worship, or are we falling from heights reached by our own avarice?
Everyone will fall one day or another because of Yeshua.
Those who fall in humility will be broken on the stone and transformed into a
vessel of honor. Those who erect themselves and reject the cornerstone—their
kingdoms will fall and become dust.
Brokenness is being on your knees before the Lord—even
when it starts getting a little uncomfortable. Brokenness is spreading out your
arms, exposing your heart, and, looking up toward heaven, saying, “I’m
available.” Brokenness is standing naked and still in the midst of your
circumstances and proclaiming, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not
want...” Brokenness is praising God, even when you don’t feel like it.
Brokenness is hearing the Holy Spirit and not putting up a fight.
P R A Y E R
Abba Father, I have become rigid and dry, break me and
change me into a holy vessel, worthy of your service. Teach me now what it means
to be broken before you before I fall on my own. I would rather be broken by you
than whole in the world. Thank you, Lord, that you are the Master Architect, and
you see me now as I am supposed be. Reshape me in your image, Lord—use me as
you see fit, because I love you, and I trust you completely....