2 Corinthians 4:7-9 " But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;"
When I picture jars of clay I see brown earth colored pots that crumble and break so easily.
Once the potter has put them in the kiln and fired them they are stronger and much sturdier. Sometimes they are glazed or
painted to look more beautiful to the eye and then they are fired in the kiln again. Regardless of the decoration on the outside of the pot, it is as useful as it was before it was decorated.
We are jars of clay made by the potter. It is only through the Spirit of God that we can serve well in his kingdom. It is through his grace and mercy that we provide grace and mercy to others. It is through his words that we are able to proclaim his message to others. The struggles and weaknesses we endure serve to remind us that it is not us, but he who works through us. He does not allow us to be crushed, brought to despair,
forsaken, or destroyed. He renews us and we persevere so that his glory shines on.
There is joy in this passage, let us all be vessels of Light and Love and spread that joy to others.
Take this vessel and use it to your glory. I am yours and you are mine. Help all that I do and say, all that I think and pray, glorify your holy name. Amen.
** This is a post pulled from the archives. I hope it speaks to you today as it did to me.