Lord, Break Me
I remember reading a book sometime in the mid 90’s titled “Lord break me!” Right on the front page of the book was a picture of a man’s head with cracks and contours at the instance of a finger that was somewhat believed to be a divine one pointed from above. it was popular then to pray such prayer especially as a sign of consecration. It was whispered by youngsters at their Youth retreats, cried out loud by adults at Easter Campmeetings “Lord, break me!” Some even opined, if it is a relationship that is hindering your effectiveness in God’s service, God will “kill” that relationship so that you can serve Him with an undivided attention.
It was asserted by the author of the book I read years ago that God uses broken vessels. The story of how God asked Jeremiah to go to the Potter’s house was often told to buttress this assertion. Jeremiah was told when he got there;
“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel” (Jer. 18:6).
Israel as a nation was in a backslidden state, they had turned from the law of the Lord. And according to the Prophet, God was going to use one of the heathen nations to bring them back on track. The potter in the actual sense of it was not God but the evil nation that was going to wage war against Israel to the point of defeat so they could remember Jehovah.
The potter and the clay analogy does not apply to the new creation. It is wrong for a believer in Christ to sing “Thou art the potter, I am the clay, mould me and make me…this is what I pray” Wrong song! Wrong plea! Why? The new creation is God’s workmanship, God’s masterpiece! “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). The work is completely done on the new creation! One born of God does not need improvement or second touch! To be created in Christ is to be created with perfection! No spots or flaws! God isn’t going to do what He hasn’t already done, this is a statement of fact, it holds true eternally.
But wait a minute…Let’s answer these questions
Is God in the business of breaking people? Does he use the furnace of affliction and trials to beat us to the shape He desires of us? Does He use the scalpel of delayed answers to prayers to cut us to size? No, a thousand times no!
God does not break, He makes! He doesn’t destroy, rather He builds up. He does not take, He gives! “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10) Christ is the exact representation of God. Whatever the Father is, the Son reveals to us! He said “…He that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (Jn. 14:9). “God having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, (a message here and a message there), hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in His Son whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person and upholding all things by the word of his power…” (Heb. 1:1-3a).
Often, people see God from the perspective of what they have been told of Him. Those men of old did not have a complete revelation of God. Christ is the complete revelation of God, not the utterances or experiences of the Prophets of old. This means, in Christ Jesus we find a full description of God. And we see clearly what He did when He was on the earth as recorded in the four Gospels. He healed the sick and also answered those who requested one thing or the other from Him. To the lepers who desired to be made clean, He said “I will, be thou clean” (Mk. 1: 40-43).
Therefore, “Lord, break me” is a prayer of an ignorant man! He might be zealous or genuinely passionate about serving God but it is not borne out of accurate knowledge. If there are bad habits or sinful actions in our lives that we feel we desire God to “break off us”, we are instructed in the scriptures to lay them aside or put them off.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Eph. 4:22).
God won’t take them away, he will not forcefully “break” them off you. That’s not His job. He has paid an ultimate price for sin in His Son by so doing MADE us new creation (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21). The new creation is a creation of righteousness. God sees you righteous, holy and acceptable before Him with the perfection of His Son. If there is any action of unrighteousness obstructing or occluding your perception of how He sees you, it is none of His business. Your ignorance or lack of submission to the authority of His Word might just be what is hindering your full participation in all God has provided for you in Christ. Once you take the lid off, then you can see clearly. God won’t take away what He has already taken away. The root has been dealt with, it’s left for you to deal with the fruits through the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).
Instead of praying or singing “Lord, break me” Why don’t you pray “Lord, open my eyes to see who you have made in Christ”? ( Eph. 1:17-23).