Brokeness is a state that God works in.
As long as self is in control we need breaking
The Road to Calvary: Brokeness
Our wills must be broken to His will. To be broken is the beginning of revival. It is painful, humiliating but it is the only way.Not ‘I’ but Christ and a ‘C’ is a bent ‘I’. The Lord Jesus cannot live in us fully and reveal Himself through us until the proud self within us is broken.
The hard unyielding self, which justifies itself, wants its own way stands up for its rights and seeks its own glory, at last bows its head to Gods will, admits its wrong, gives up its own way to Jesus, surrenders its rights and discards its own glory – that the Lord Jesus might have all and be all. It is dying to self and self attitudes. An honest look at our Christian life we can see how much of self there is in each of us. It is so often self who tries to live the christian life, it is self too who is often doing Christian work.
It is self who gets irritable, envious, resentful, critical and worried. It is self who is shy, self-conscious, reserved. No wonder we need breaking.As long as self is in control we need breaking. As long as self is in control, God can do little with us for the fruit of the spirit (Gal 5) with which God longs to fill us, is the complete antithesis of the hard, unbroken spirit within us and presupposes that self has been crucified!
Being broken is both Gods work and ours. He brings His pressure to bear, but we have to make the choice. If we are really open to conviction as we seek fellowship with God, God will show us the expressions of this proud, hard self that causes Him pain. Then it is we can stiffen our necks and refuse to repent, or we can bow the head and say, Yes Lord.
The willingness of Jesus to be broken for us is the all-compelling motive in our being broken too. At the foot of the cross we see what real brokeness is. We see the love and brokeness of the God who died in our place.
Oh, to be saved from myself dear Lord
Oh, to be lost in Thee,
Oh, that I might be no more I
But Christ that lives in me.