Are you broken? Does it feel as if your life is 5,000-piece puzzle, dumped out of the box, its lid long gone along with its clues as to what to make of this mess?
Good news! The One who designed you, crafted you, and sent you out into the world has the blueprint, the tools, and the desire to put you together into the beautiful, unified picture He intended from the beginning.
Even if He’s done it a thousand times.
It never gets old for Him, and He never stops hoping this is the last time—even when He knows it’s not.
Your part in this miracle is to wake up to the fact that you are broken, accept the fact that you broke yourself (even if you did have some help) and acknowledge that you want to be fixed so badly that you are willing to turn the pieces over to the Master Craftsman and trust the restoration to Him and His Way.
This is the promise of the Beatitudes. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7), Jesus famously laid out His Keys to a Life of Restoration. The first words He spoke to those who came to hear what He had to say are known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11 AMP):
3 “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
4 “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].
5 “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.
7 “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
9 “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.
10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
11 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. 12 Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
With these verses, He sets the stage for three chapters of instruction on the Kingdom of God, its benefits, and how to receive them.
These opening verses are promises for anyone who realizes they are broken, mourns their condition, longs to be restored, hungers for right relationship with God, and is humble enough to do it His way rather than insisting on their own way. Once they have been put back together, they show the same mercy to others that He showed to them, they stay pure and faithful to the ways that healed them, and they help others to find the peace that they have been given.
The kicker in this is that we discover when the puzzle is complete (and often long before) that it was always a picture of Christ Himself. When He makes us whole, we will look so much like Him that we can expect the same horrible treatment He received from the world. The most amazing thing is that, when we reach that point, we will be very glad of it!
Did you ever think the Sermon on the Mount contained the keys to the happy, contented life you are seeking? Just three chapters, often printed in red, Jesus lays it all out for us.