And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.
Matthew 21:44 (NAS)
The Christian faith says much about brokenness. People ask how I came to the Lord at the age of 51. It's simple: I was broken. Was this brokenness necessary for receiving Jesus? For me, yes.
Consider this reconstruction story. A Carpenter-King discovers a perfect spot with a desirable home in place. He wants to live in it and work there, but the structure is fatally flawed. So He tears down the house to its foundation and rebuilds it.
Just like this home, we become 'New creations' (see 2 Corinthians 5:17) through breaking and rebuilding. Many of us need major renovations, while others need smaller repairs. As holy temples for God (see 1 Corinthians 6:19), we must become perfectly fit together. It's a process.
We are wise to fall on Jesus voluntarily. He is the Cornerstone of our faith, our life, and our salvation: 'Christ Jesus Himself being the Cornerstone' (Ephesians 2:20). A cornerstone is 'The chief foundation, the starting place' (Random House Dictionary).
If we refuse to fall upon Him, judgment may fall upon us like a wrecking ball. We could be reduced to nothingness and scattered 'like dust.' Psalm 35:5 says, 'Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them on.' Chaff is the useless part of a grain discarded after threshing.
When we enter into voluntary brokenness for Christ, He makes us better. 'As many as touched Him were made whole' (Mark 6:56). God wants us to become beautiful examples of His craftsmanship: the best-looking houses on our blocks--so that others will request the same Builder.
Living in a house under renovation is a challenge. But the end result is a dream home on earth filled with hope and light--and a custom-made mansion in Heaven.