Most of us have experienced times of brokenness.
Perhaps you’ve unjustly lost your job. Or been mistreated in a relationship. Perhaps you’ve lost someone close or have experienced a terrible illness. It can happen in many different ways. Whatever it looks like, the loss is hard to take.
It can feel like our dignity, our purpose…our value…has been taken away. It can feel like being stripped of everything that matters, and we usually view it as something to avoid at all costs.
But what if we think differently about these experiences.
What if God is allowing you to be stripped?
- …God allowed your sense of relevance to be taken away or questioned?
- …God allowed your “name” to be diminished among your peers & community?
- …God allowed your sense of purpose to be questioned?
- …God allowed you to be in a position to question your faith & trust in Him in what was happening?
- …God allowed you to be abused and mistreated and abandoned by those who you trusted the most?
- …God allowed you to be stripped of all dignity, all position, all sense of value?
- …God allowed you to cry out to Him, only to answer in silence, prolonging the pain and fear and uncertainty?
What if God allowed you to be stripped?
I guess that would put us in the same shoes as Jesus, wouldn’t it?
God the Father allowed all this in the life of His Son on earth. Why? So that I can know Him and be stripped in order to . . .
. . . become more like Jesus.
Romans 8:29 – 30 (The Message) says:
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored.
We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
When we are “stripped” in this life, we usually think in terms of “me”.
But it’s not about me – it’s about Him.
Being stripped in this life ought to, first and foremost, be about becoming more like Jesus. God Himself was stripped of all dignity so that I might be like Him.
In the midst of my challenges – being “stripped” – it is worth thinking less about me and more about Him.