How you live represents what you live for.

Have you ever broken something and tried to fix it? Growing up, my family had these ceramic trees that my great-grandmother made for us. My mom would put them out at Christmas time each year. One time, my brother and I were playing and we knocked one of them on the ground. It shattered into pieces. We tried to glue it back together, but it was just never the same. You could see the cracks in it where it didn’t line up just right. You could see the shine from the glue. It still functioned but it was definitely broken.

You might be like this too. Able to function, but you and everyone around you know you are broken. You can make it through life but there seems to be something missing. You try to fill your cracks and brokenness with whatever will keep you from having to really deal with your brokenness. You look to other people but they seem to have it all together. You wonder how in the world Jesus can fix you.

If this is you, good. Because it is me too. Broken, messed up, and sinful. But my pieces are held together by Jesus. I am redeemed by the only one who can really make me right. That’s the big deal about Jesus. He lived, He died and He came back to life. He came to represent mankind. He came to take the punishment we deserve for our sin. He represented us when He died on the cross, and He now stands in heaven representing us to God.

If you follow Jesus, you used to represent broken sinful mankind, but you now represent him. Today be thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for you. Be blown away, in awe of all Jesus has done to represent us to God. We are broken, messed up, sinners but we are redeemed by Jesus.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. – Colossians 3:16-17

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