How to fix…you

“’Cause we are broken
What must we do to restore
Our innocence
And oh, the promise we adored
Give us life again
‘Cause we just wanna be whole”

– “We Are Broken” by Paramour

“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”

– “Fix You” by Coldplay

I quote these 2 songs to illustrate how even those outside the church recognize it:  we are broken.  We need to be fixed.  Ever since Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, man’s relationship with God has been broken.  Christians believe that the fix to this problem is Jesus.  He suffered, endured the cross, and died for the sins of the world.  Even most non-Christians at least know the story, and many can quote John 3:16.

But here’s a question:  if we have the answer, why are we still so broken?  If Jesus is the answer, why are we still struggling?  Why aren’t we more excited about sharing the Gospel, going to church, praying or singing songs to our Creator?  How could we possibly get bored or apathetic?  Isn’t salvation so compelling, grace so irresistible and God’s love so amazing that we would want to worship and love Him?

We know that we are going to struggle as long as we are in this world, until we reach perfection with Him.  Sin is still our main obstacle, and the Bible is realistic about that.  The idea of salvation in the New Testament wasn’t just a one-time event.  Even though many of us can remember the day or moment that we said “yes” to following Christ, it doesn’t end there.  The idea in the New Testament is that we are “being” saved.  It means we are now on the path, starting the journey.  But the final destination is heaven, and until we get there we are still “being saved” from this life.

Each of us can look in the mirror at our spiritual lives and realize there is always room for improvement.  But too many give up the struggle.  Life gets difficult, we face suffering or adversity and look for quick fixes.  Jesus wants to give us an abundant life, and that doesn’t mean our bank accounts.  Not only can we “get saved” as a one-time event or decision, but we can continue to be saved from our daily struggles, the sins that trip us up, and the guilt that we feel when we fall short.  Sometimes, we try to fix ourselves by working for God’s forgiveness.  I know that when I feel my spiritual life isn’t what it should be, I tend to think I have to work back into His grace.  No matter how many sermons I hear about it, I still tend to think I am now on some kind of probation and I have to prove I’m ready to get back into a close relationship with Him.

The reality is that God is always ready for us, open arms and full of grace.  It’s our job to turn from sin, to turn back to Him and run back into His grace.  God forgives us, cleans off the junk and makes us whole.  Even though He knows we’re going to fall into sin again while we’re in this world.  He loves us that much.  That’s what the cross is all about, that we can be forgiven and receive grace that we don’t deserve.  The same salvation that was so compelling, so inviting, that once drew you into relationship with Him is the same fix that we need every day.  When we stray off the path or get distracted, we don’t need to beat ourselves up and think that we need to work to get back into God’s grace.  It’s already done; it’s already been fixed.  All we need to do is turn back and look to Jesus, and He’s there with open arms to wipe us clean of our sin and bring us back to the Father.

“Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”

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About Scott Phillips

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One response to “How to fix…you

  • Jared Lanza

    This is a great post. What a great reminder that we do not need to punish ourselves for our failures. We definitely need to recognize the patterns that we fall into and try to break them and avoid the same pitfalls, but when we do fail, we need to remember that God isn’t asking for penance or penalty. He is there for us to help us get back up. He wants us to succeed and is there to encourage us. It’s a very different perspective than we usually operate out of.

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