I don’t think there is any greater miracle than a stubborn, prideful person bending their knee to God. Luckily, with my job, that’s a miracle I see on a regular basis. Why? I am the one people come to when they have run their lives off into a ditch. It’s funny how a colossal blunder makes us aware of our need for God. For that reason, I say, Blessed are the Screw-ups!
Before you tweet that clever saying, let me cite my source. That is my paraphrase of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. In the first Beatitude (Matthew 5:3), He says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Or, as the Message translation puts it, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.” God places a high value on our brokenness, failures, and screw-ups because, without them, most of us would never enter the Kingdom.
I believe there are only two kinds of people in this world; those who are bad at their lives and know it, and those who are bad at their lives and don’t know. I’m in the first group, and I don’t worry about us. Our awareness of our tendency to mess up keeps us aware of our need for Jesus. It’s the second group that concerns me. They don’t seem to be struggling. They appear to have it all together. Success, money, nothing seems out of their reach. But what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, only to lose his soul (Mark 8:36)? My translation, the winner of the rat race, is still a rat.
So, if you find yourself at rock bottom, Jesus says you are positioned to be blessed. Rock bottom is a great place to be. We are so open to God when we are out of options. Who has room for pride in times of disaster? In our minds, we believe failure equals shame and loss. In God’s economy, those events put you on the precipice of understanding your frailty, which equals a need for Him.
I know this from personal experience. The only reason I reached out to God is I was in trouble and had nowhere else to turn. Humbled and afraid, I bowed my knee and gave my life to Him. I was more interested in a “get out of jail free” card than a relationship with Jesus. He took what little I offered Him and gave me a Kingdom in return. What started out as an association of pure usury on my part has grown into the love that defines my life.
So, my friend, I don’t know what kind of mess you might be facing. Addiction, infidelity, tax fraud. Regardless of the chaos, Jesus has ample amounts of grace to help fix your brokenness. In fact, it says in the Bible that “Sin didn’t and doesn’t stand a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace (Romans 5:20 Message).” Go ahead and bend that knee. You have nothing to lose but your mess!