THE IMPORTANCE OF BROKENNESS
Nature Has Its Way of Breaking
The Lord Jesus tells us in John 12: “Except the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, it abides alone; but if it die, it bears much fruit” (vs. 24). Life is within the grain of wheat. But there is a shell, a very hard sell on the outside. As long as the shell is not split open, though we cannot sprout and grow. “Except the grain of wheat falling into the ground die…” What is this death? It is the cracking open of the shell through temperature and humidity working together in the soil. Once the shell of the husk is split open, the wheat begins to grow. So the question here is not whether life exists inside the shell, but whether the shell on the outside is cracked open.
The Scripture continues by saying, “He that loves his life shall lose it, and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal” (vs 25). The Lord shows us here that the outer shell is our own life, identified as our soul life, while the life with in is the eternal life which He has given to us. To allow the inner life to come forth, it is imperative that the outward life be replaced. Should the outward remain unbroken, the inward would never be able to come forth.
It is necessary that we direct these words to that group of people who has the Lord’s life. Among those who possess the life of the Lord, they can be found in two distinct conditions: One includes those in whom life is confined, restricted, imprisoned, and unable to come forth. The other includes those in whom the Lord has forged a way out, and life is thus released through them.
The question is not how thus to obtain life, but rather how to allow this life to come forth. When we say ‘we need the Lord to break us,’ this is not merely a style of speaking, nor is it only a doctrine. It is most vital that the Lord breaks us. It is not that the Lord’s life cannot cover the earth, but rather we in prison His life. It is not that the Lord cannot bless the church, but that the Lord’s life is so confined within us, nothing is flowing forth. If the outward man remains unbroken, we can never be a blessing to His church. And we cannot expect the Lord to bless the Word of God through us!
Rev. P. Benjamin Jr. 7/4/14 Have a blessed and safe 4th of July.