ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL BUT CRACKED?
ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL BUT CRACKED?
REV. (DR) JANET ONAOLAPO
There are many beautiful people in the world today but somehow, somewhere along the line, their lives have been cracked with sins, temptations and the weights of life. It is my sincere prayer that at the end of this message, the Lord will make your life beautiful. He will mold you to suit His purpose and seal every crack in any area of your life in the name of Jesus.
The Bible tells us that Jacob had twelve sons. Among them was Joseph whom he loved specially. Because of the exceptional love he had for Joseph, his (Joseph’s) brothers planned to kill him but Reuben the eldest son rescued him from their hands. In as much as Reuben was envious of his little brother Joseph, he did not desire him dead. Rather than kill him, Joseph was thrown into a pit. But in Reuben’s absence, the other brothers connived, brought him out of the pit and sold him into slavery for twenty pieces of silver to some Ishmaelite (Gen. 37:21).
Among Joseph’s brothers, Reuben was responsible. There was something beautiful about him. When he went back to the pit where Joseph was thrown into and couldn’t find him, he panicked. He panicked because being the eldest son; he was going to be held responsible for Joseph especially since he knew how much his father loved him (Gen. 37:30).
He was beautiful but somewhere along the line, he got cracked. He slept with one of his father’s concubines. He defiled his father’s bed. He committed that sin and thought he would not be found out but his father knew about it and never mentioned it until his dying day.
While on his dying bed, Jacob (Israel) sent for all his children so he could give them the father’s last blessing (Gen. 49). He blessed every child according to their impact during his lifetime. From the first to the last child, he pronounced his last words in accordance with how they lived their lives. Reuben who was his first son was cursed. Jacob said to him:
“Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel, because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defilest thou it, he went up to my couch” (Gen. 49:3-4).
Reuben was cursed because of the crack on the wall of his life. When a life or vessel is cracked irrespective of how beautiful it is, it will become useless, relegated or disposed of. Though Reuben was beautiful, was “the excellency of dignity and power”, he did not excel because of the crack in his life.
Is there a crack in your life? Is there any sin you are battling with that is making the beauty of your life questionable? God loves you and has made you beautiful for a purpose. He made you in His image to please Him and fulfill His purpose for your life. As you obey His commands and do all that is expected of you, you will remain beautiful, become what God wants you to be and your life will radiate His glory.
The essence of this message is to help fortify you against things that can get you cracked as a child of God who is beautifully made in His image. Perhaps you are cracked already, don’t worry. You can be mended. Ask the Lord to cleanse you, pursue Him heartily in righteousness and seek His face sincerely. Jesus will give you a brand new start. Stay beautiful and blessed in the Lord always.
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