I have a thing for containers. I love looking at each item that holds something precious to me whether it is books, needlework, or seashells collected long ago. Each item holds a part of who I am inside.
As believers we are God’s bags, boxes, baskets, and jars. We contain something precious to Him–His Holy Spirit and the perfected Grace of the Cross. We are simple in design, nothing special to look at usually, but the content we hold has incredible worth– eternal worth. We contain the death and resurrection of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:10).
There is nothing more powerful than this amazing gift from God we carry inside. We who have no right to Heaven, we who have no inheritance until we have embraced the Grace God offers to us. We cannot do a thing until we reach out to the God who reaches out to us. When we do, we become something beautiful. Something good. We become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Into us is poured the New Life, new wine, new Spirit and we get the opportunity to pour it out for the Glory of God into and onto a hurting, broken world. But, when we choose to pour it out, we choose to become a target of that hurting, broken world. Take heart (John 16:33) though. When we are filled with this amazing Holy Spirit, our spirit becomes stronger. We find we are able to endure the brokenness of others with the same kind of Grace that was given to us. By God’s grace we love those who have yet to experience that Amazing Grace.
Be encouraged fellow traveler, if you are having trials, struggles, and battles God is still bigger. He is still on the Throne, He is still the Great God of the Universe and through His mighty power we will see a lost world found. A broken world restored, and hurting hearts healed.
Take heart. Let us be the Jars that shine with the Glory of God for the world to see.
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you (2 Corinthians 4:5-12).