Pandora’s Box

If grace was a kingdom
I stopped at the gate
Thinking I don’t deserve to pass through after all the mistakes that I’ve made
Oh but I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don’t you know that the first will be last and the last get a crown”
Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I’m all Yours
The pages of history they tell me it’s true
That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use
It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak
All the misfit heroes You chose
Tell me there’s hope for sinners like me
Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I’m all Yours
Grace is a kingdom
With gates open wide
There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you
So, come on inside
Broken Things : by Matthew West/ Jason C Houser / Andrew Jacob Pruis,

Contemporary Christian

 

 

According to Greek mythology, Pandora’s Box (or jar), contained sickness, death and many other unspecified evils which were then released into the world; all the world’s evils.

In today’s society Pandora’s box might be portrayed as, “the elephant in the room”.   It’s the thing nobody wants to talk about.  The hidden bit of information about ourselves we don’t want anyone to know. Perhaps it’s that something that has brought us to feeling shame.

Not the same shame we lay on the puppy for peeing on the carpet,

or chewing on our slippers.

Not even quite the same shame as the teacher says,

when we fail to do our homework.

Shame is a powerful emotion that can cause us to feel defective, unacceptable, even damaged beyond repair.   We feel that our whole self is wrong.

 

Sometimes we confuse shame with guilt, a related but different emotion.  When we feel guilt, we’re making the judgement that something we’ve done is wrong.

When we feel guilty about the wrong thing we did, we can take steps to make up for it and put it behind us.

But feeling convinced that we are the thing that’s wrong, doesn’t offer a clear-cut way to “come back” to feeling more positive about ourselves.  Over time, intense feelings of shame can take hold of our self-image and create low self-esteem. Feelings of shame often stem from what other people think. We may become super-sensitive, to what feels like criticism, even if it isn’t, and may feel rejected by others. Inside, we feel painful self-contempt and worthlessness.  Creating our very own Pandora’s Box.

We don’t believe in myths, we believe in the truth.  The fact of the matter is that we don’t need to feel like this, ever!  Jesus said Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)   This doesn’t just mean if you’ve been working hard with physical labour, but when your heart is heavy and you’re feeling crushed with life.   David said, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:4-5 (NIV)

God didn’t make no junk!  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:14    We all need to hear that–not just during our growing up years, but today, and every day.  We need to love ourselves too.  Not in a self-absorbed, arrogant sort of way, but in a grateful-to-God-for-creating-us way.  We need to understand just how much God loves us.  We can do that by letting Him into our hearts, where we have a God-shaped hole that nothing or no-one can fill but Him.  God doesn’t need us, He wants us. He loves you and me! In fact, He loved us so much that He sent his only Son to die on a cross so that we would have eternal life and never be separated from Him.  God loves us, He just loves us!

We don’t deserve it. We can’t earn it.  But, He freely gives it to us.

Just remember, when you don’t feel loved……YOU are Loved by God (John 3:16)

Just remember, when you don’t like some part of your body….YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

Just remember, when you feel lost in this world, without a real family…YOU are God’s child, adopted into His family (Ephesians 1:5)

Just remember, when you feel trapped by your past…YOU are a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“God don’t make no junk.”

We might still fight battles with low self-esteem, but when we choose to believe God’s word and through our own individual walk with Jesus, we can be victorious.  God doesn’t make junk!  People may give up on us, but God never will.  He loves us too much.  There is no shame in that!

If you  haven’t yet come to know Jesus as your Saviour and have a relationship with Him, check out this little prayer and get to know Him.