Read Isaiah 61
This is a beautiful picture of redemption and what happens when we let Jesus into our life or specific situations. Jesus actually quotes this verse when He starts His ministry, which is beautiful because He is saying I am the fulfillment of this prophecy. I have come to comfort those who mourn, I have come to take ashes and turn them into something beautiful. He is proclaiming the gospel and the power of God. He is telling us that He alone can take the parts of our lives, the ruins if you will, and makes them strong. He takes the weaknesses, the fears we have, and He turns them into strength and faith. This is the power of the Holy Spirit in us. What was meant to destroy us actually begins to make us strong, what we or others might have thought made us unworthy is now the very thing that God is using to show the power of His gospel.
So what is it today that looks dead, looks weak, or looks too dark for God to ever do anything with in our lives? Give it to God, ask Him to take it and use it for His glory. Don’t allow shame to make you hide it anymore. Bring it out into the open and let the light of God’s amazing love shine to make it a light for others. This is the gospel. This is the power of God and His love.
— Luke Lauber