The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by KP Yohannan

Jun 03

The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by KP Yohannan

The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness

K.P. Yohannan

2014

72 pages

 

The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by K.P. Yohannan gave me a huge “aha” revelation about the meaning of brokenness. I had always understood brokenness in terms of imperfection, like a cracked pot that was no longer useful until God’s grace filled the gaps to make us useful to Him.

Yohannan writes, “By nature we all are the opposite of the one whom He esteems. We are all unbroken. We are as solid as the hardest substance you can find—unbending, self-centered, self-ambitious and never wanting to give in.” This is the starting point from which the author leads the reader downward to a place of submission. I found the following description beautifully moving.

In Matthew 11:29-30, we read one of the most beautiful Scripture portions ever recorded. It is the invitation of Christ—“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

When Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you . . .” we must realize that only a broken animal will bend its neck and take the yoke.

For example, I grew up in a place where my people are rice farmers, and we didn’t have machinery then or now to plow the fields. you know how we do it? We use two buffaloes.

I remember as a small boy, looking at the fields where they would be used to plow. Year after year, hundreds of times, I saw the same scene—the buffaloes standing there, not making a single noise. They would never run away. They just stood there. And right there in the field beside them would be a skinny, little man with hardly any clothes on and a tiny stick in his hand. The buffalo would bend its neck as the yoke was brought—there was not fight, no resistance, no squabble, nothing. The buffalo simply yielded its rights.

But then, if you were to look closely, you would see two or three deep scars on the rear of the buffalo. Those scars were made at the time the animal was broken, when it was trained. These buffaloes are strong-willed creatures. With their massive and strong horns, they are capable of killing a man with a single toss of the head. But now they are different. They are broken.

Every servant of God must go through a similar process.

–K.P. Yohannan, The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness

 

Although it may sound cruel, God has to break us before He can use us for His glory. His ways are not cruel, though. He will continue to apply pressure to our lives until we break. The pressure (and breaking point) looks different for everyone. It may be one huge event or a bunch of small ones over time or it may be ongoing nagging pressure. God will use whatever means necessary to break us, but He is mindful of our frame—He knows we are mere dust. He’s just trying to get us to realize we are mere dust.

How do we receive God’s grace in our lives? We humble ourselves. It doesn’t come naturally to us, but it’s the only way. We don’t earn God’s favor, we humble ourselves before Him.

The only way to receive His grace and favor is to be broken and humble before Him. And this is something Scripture says we are responsible for. The Bible never says God will humble us. . . . We must humble ourselves (see James 4:10). We must choose to walk the road of brokenness.

–K.P. Yohannan, The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness

 

This was a profound, ground-shifting work for me to read. I will need to read it several more times to help me absorb the truth contained in this little gem. Please, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.