“For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ' Is. 57:15
“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Is. 6:5
We believe that brokenness is the soil that everything genuinely good in our lives grows out of.
“I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” --John Ruskin
Brokenness occurs when our innate pride and arrogance is shattered by an overwhelming sense of the greatness, majesty, and blazing holiness of our triune God. It is deepened by the ongoing realization that everything that really needs to be done in our souls and through our lives can only be done by God. Broken Christ-followers do not merely high-five their inadequacy; they embrace it moment by moment. To the deepest core of their being they believe the words of Christ – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:4,5
Broken Christ-followers are also drained of judgmentalism toward others. As Ruskin puts it, “And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” One of our most central core values at WatersEdge is that we see and treat everyone as being on the same level playing-field with all of us. “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips…” We want any prostitute, homeless person, drug addict, CEO, bank president, etc. to be able to walk through our doors and know that we are genuinely excited to have them. And if they are not yet Christ-followers we want them to understand that the only difference between us and them is that we have been blindsided by Jesus. Our entire approach to ministry is best summed up in the words of a missionary – “One beggar telling another beggar where we found bread.”