Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 19, 2016

Broken For His Glory

dec-19“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebody’s?”  Corinthians 1:27 (MSG)

I wonder this Christmas how many broke, tarnished and cracked ornaments we hung on our Christmas trees? Do we dare blemish our trees with unattractive trinkets?

Many years ago, my son’s first Christmas ornament from his Nana was an ostrich egg with an image of Pooh Bear. Fast forward several Christmases later, our tree fell and that ostrich egg was broken. I did not realize how much these ornaments meant to him until that moment. He was heartbroken to tears.

The next Christmas, the tree had been decorated for days. However, I noticed an ornament was hiding on the backside of the tree. Hanging out of sight where no one could see it. It was my son’s broken ostrich egg. That’s when it occurred to me, I wonder how many family members we treat like broken and tarnished ornaments? Loved ones we keep hidden from public view because for whatever reason are living broken, tarnished and cracked lives.

God makes heroes out of what the world may think are zeros! We all have a family tree and we can look at people on our family trees as ornaments. Even Jesus had an earthly family tree. One lady in particular on His tree was Rahab. She was the harlot of Jericho. Nevertheless, God used Rahab in a mighty way. She became a believer (Heb.11:31 & James 2:25) then saved her whole family when the walls of Jericho fell. Plus, she helped God’s people in the fight against Jericho.

Rahab went from zero to hero! Who would have thought this cracked ornament would find a prominent place on Jesus’ family tree? I’m happy to say Rahab reformed her ways. Settled down…married…had a son named Boaz and she became the great, great grandmother of King David.

Although we too are cracked ornaments and don’t deserve a place on Jesus’ family tree, He takes our shards of brokenness and uses it for His glory. God hangs us in plain sight for all the world to see. He displays us there because through his shed blood, we have been washed clean of our sins. Our sharp, jagged edges have been refined by His love and grace.

“Father, thank You for adopting us into Your family and taking us from zeros and making us into Your heroes.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock (
TRBC Women’s Life


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