Last Wednesday, Midweek took a field trip to the Activity Center for a one-night RELATE event, God Use This. The evening explored how those far from Christ often long for connection and empathy. If we, as Christ followers, can find common ground with those who need Jesus, we actually give them the opportunity to experience the care and presence of Jesus before we even say a word about Him.
Ironically, we can often find common ground in the places we would least expect.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).
It is the one thing we can all count on in this life, right? No one is exempt.
Pain is normal—inevitable—and we don’t have to look far:
The loss of loved ones
What if our own pain, the parts of our lives where we have experienced “trouble,” provide the most helpful places of connection into the lives of those who need Jesus? What if instead of hiding parts of our story that feel “broken,” we share them with others, become fellow-struggles, and offer the hope we find in Jesus.
Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10) .
Jesus promises trouble, and He offers “life to the full,” the abundant life. Perhaps the abundant life is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God. God with us in the midst of our pain. And as we experience Jesus as our healer, we have hope to offer those far from Him.
The common ground is trouble.
The hope we have is Jesus.
God does not waste anything, not even our pain. Our pain and brokenness become the very things through which He shines most brightly.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Broken jars are actually the most useful vessels to display the light and hope of our great God.
No one is confused. No one says “Look at the beautiful jar!” No. They see Jesus, the One shining through. He is the light. We showcase Him.
We are real people, with real struggles, and we let our BIG God shine through our brokenness to offer hope to others. May you begin to see the troubles in your life not as a hindrance to hope, but an opportunity to declare it to a world that desperately needs it.