This past fall, I released sweatshirts with my blog and ministry's tagline, “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here.”
I wasn't sure how it'd go. I haven't done anything with merchandise in over three years.
All I knew is that I wanted to create more than a message. I wanted to start a movement. I wanted to create more than just a product or another piece of Christian apparel.
So, we put this message on a sweatshirt in hopes that it would not only remind you that God invites YOUR brokenness to the table, beckoning you into intimate relationship and holy repentance, but also that it would serve as a tool for sharing that same message–the hope of the Gospel–with others. And the response BLEW. ME. AWAY.
It blew my mind when these sold out within the first 24 hours of launching them. It blew my mind again when they sold out the day we restocked. We began to add more color options. And it continues to blow my mind that these sell out within a couple days every single time we restock.
But more than that, I've been overwhelmed with joy and gratitude and praise every single time I hear a testimony from some of you wearing this sweatshirt–how you were able to share God's love and Truth with the guy at the supermarket who asked what your sweatshirt means, with the lonely girl in class who leaned over and asked what it meant, and more.
This is ultimately what these are – tools. They aren't just a cozy, comforting message. These are part of a Kingdom kind of movement.This isn't just a comforting message. This is a Kingdom kind of movement. Click To Tweet
Many of you have emailed and asked us to give you some ideas of what to say when people ask you what it means – how to get the message of the Gospel across briefly when they ask (and hopefully be able to engage a full conversation as a result!)
So, below, I've included a few ideas of what to say when people ask you what your “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here” apparel means:
1. Well, I'm a Christian. I know that Christians are often stereotyped as uptight, religious, or judgmental. But that's actually a complete opposite of God's love for us. This shirt (or hat) is essentially why I'm a Christian – because unlike any other belief system in the world, God says, “Come as you are. Bring your brokenness, your shame, your imperfections. I will make you whole. I will give you hope and new life if only you trust in me.”
2. Simply put, it's God's love invitation to all of us. The God I serve says, “come to Me, all who are weary and i will give you rest–come as you are and i will make you new,” not, “come after you figure your life out.” It's a true invitation that changed my life and entire understand of who God is and how He sees me as His child.
3. In Mark 2:17, Jesus said that it's not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. In other words, He did not come for those who are righteous and figured out. He came for the broken and the beaten. He set the example of what it means to be the church, He showed us that His Church is meant to be like a hospital for the sick and broken…not a club for the righteous. Yet so often, people who love Jesus are perceived as religious, judgmental, uptight and exclusive. This shirt is meant to share a message that is radically different from the stereotype the world puts on Christians. It's the true message and hope of Christ available to me–and to you.
4. Learn a little about them first! Gather where they're at! Ask…Do you believe in God? Are you a Christian? If no: Be respectful and offer to share what this message means alongside your testimony. (Be brief with this). Whoever is broken, whoever is weary, whoever is ashamed, whoever acknowledges their own sin and leaves it at the foot of the cross, trusting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will be saved. Here's the best news: When Jesus welcomes our brokenness, shame, and sin, He has a radically better way awaiting us if only we turn and walk in it. He welcomes our brokenness but He also doesn't want us to keep on live in it. This is an invitation to surrender, to freedom, to new life beyond brokenness. And you're invited. 😉
Of course, you can modify any of these ideas or say it in your own words but my bigget tips are:
- Keep it concise and clear
- Say it with conviction and courage
Remember, people are drawn to this message because it's unlike any message they'll get in the world. If they ask you, it's likely because they hunger for the hope you can give and because God made that divine appointment. You may be the seed harvester or the seed planter – you don't have to watch their entire belief change to make an impact and introduce them to Jesus.
You simply need to speak when given the opportunity.
Even if it's a close friend or family member of yours, don't shy away.
They asked YOU. Be bold, be honest, be gentle, and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Because you don't have to change the world – but this very well may help you change someone's world.You don't have to change the world - but this very well may help you change someone's world. Click To Tweet
Haven't gotten yours yet? Join the movement and order one here: Your Brokenness is Welcome Here Apparel
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
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