All these pieces broken and scattered
In mercy gathered mended and whole
Empty handed but not forsaken
I've been set free, I've been set free
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
Oh, I once was lost, but now I am found
Was blind, but now I see
Oh, I can see You now
Oh, I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying Yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
You take our failure, You take our weakness
You set Your treasure in jars of clay
So take this heart Lord, I'll be Your vessel
The world to see Your life in me, oh
I think we all know what 'broken' is, but let's look at the definition: "Violently separated into parts; shattered; damaged or altered by breaking; having undergone or been subjected to fracture; not working properly; being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles." Just doesn't sound good, does it?
Now, let's take a look at the definition of 'vessel' - "A container, cask, bottle, cup, or bowl, for holding something; a person into whom some quality, such as grace, is infused."
From these definitions, you can now see the song is referring to people as vessels...as broken vessels. Are you broken? I know I am and its probably safe to say you are too. In fact, all people are broken in one way or another.
Let's look at what the Bible says about 'broken.' Read the story of Gideon in Judges 6 and 7. Its an amazing story of how God helped Gideon defeat the Midianites. To do this, the men used trumpets and empty jars (vessels) with torches inside of them. They blew the trumpets and guess what they did with the jars...they 'broke' them. They broke them so the light of the torches would shine through Praise God!!
Look at Mark 14 when Jesus was a guest at the home of Simon. A woman came in with a jar (vessel) of very expensive perfume which she used to anoint Jesus. What did she do with the jar? She 'broke' it and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. She was anointing Him in preparation for His burial.
Read the story in Matthew 14 where Jesus fed the multitude of people with five loaves of bread and two fish, with pieces left over. What did Jesus do with the bread? He 'broke' it! Oh, what a great miracle!!
Go to Matthew 26:26 where Jesus was eating the passover meal with His disciples. What did He do with this bread? He 'broke' it. What did He say the bread represents? His body. Even Jesus was 'broken.' Jesus, who was perfect and without sin, was broken. Why? To cover our brokenness. To cover our sin. To make a path for us back to the Father. A path of restoration.
People! People! Don't you see that Jesus can work miracles with broken vessels? May we all become 'broken' for His purposes. May we all become 'broken' to receive His power. May we all fall to our knees before Him, crying out to Him for restoration. Crying out to Him to show us the path back to the Father. Yes!
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (Message Bible): "If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us. As it is, there's not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at. We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken." Jesus takes our brokenness, and in return, gives us His power. This power gives us the strength and courage we need to be able to overcome all our brokenness.
Let Him break your jar so His light can shine through. Let Him break your jar so the perfume of His love comes through you to others. Let Him break your jar so you are able to feed others with the Bread of Life. Let Him break your jar so you have access to His power that strengthens you to be able to overcome every circumstance of your life. Give ALL to Him and He will turn whatever brokenness you have into beauty.
This is Amazing Grace!
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