Broken Saints: Preparing to become heaven’s poetry
Christmas is a time for giving gifts, and the gift of Salvation that Jesus offered to us all when he came to earth as a baby is still being offered today. A pure and simple gift that you can take or leave. It’s your choice. And even when you do decide to take that free gift that has been offered, it doesn’t mean you are suddenly perfect and never make a mistake in your life ever again. Heaven’s no! It just means you’re a broken saint who can never brag or boast that the saving was all your idea because it wasn’t. It was His.
Ephesians 2:10 says, ‘For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.’ (The Voice Bible) How beautiful and wonderful are those words. “Heaven’s poetry etched on lives.” If you’ve ever read a poem its verses are filled with highs and lows throughout the text. Poems are designed to give you a deeper understanding of language. Poetry expresses your ideas better. Heaven’s poetry is God’s way of showing us that he can still use broken saints
Broken saints can get the wrong idea of how they can accomplish all those good works that God has arranged for us long ago. We try to live proper-pretty- perfect lives so we can “do” all those good works. A pressure to perform in our calling isn’t what salvation is about. God is saying that heaven’s poetry is etched on our lives. He wants you to read the feelings, dreams and insights that heaven has written about your life. A poem of Peace that is woven right throughout your salvation to help mend the broken parts from your past.
God takes all our broken messiness and turns it into a heavenly poem. One that will be read by every person we meet. He uses broken saints to show the world that you don’t need to make yourself perfect to “do” the good works. And while we are talking about works, we need to squash a misconception right now. Works are NOT why salvation is given; they are the result of salvation. We are saved FOR good works, not BY good works. So, it doesn’t matter how many spiders you rescue, or how many grannies you help across the road – good works won’t get you into heaven!
You’re wondering how you can achieve all these good works? By God’s grace. It’s that simple.
Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds that, ‘For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it. Not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.’
We are broken saints who did nothing – that’s NOTHING to earn the gift of salvation. So, this Christmas why not give God a gift? Give Him the gift of your heart. Give Him the very poem that heaven etched upon your life. One that is full of regrets, mistakes and failures and let God turn it into something beautiful.
A gift like that would fit perfectly under any Christmas tree this festive season. Don’t you agree?