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Fragile Clay Jars

October 17, 2016 0 Comments

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. – 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

Clay VesselIt is true that Jesus really does not need our help but throughout the Bible God has always chosen to work through people. The church then must see its’ self as co-laborers with Jesus to call people unto salvation and to prepare them for His return. This is a task we must pick up with urgency.

God is hard to understand at times. He spoke the heavens and the earth into being and he is over it all. Yet he includes us in his plan for the earth. He has chosen to work through us. We are broken people; we tend to be selfish and seek our own way.

We make mistakes and even for those who have entered into a life that recognizes Jesus as our Lord we still sin. All though we often live in a way that is disobedient towards God, he shows up and calls us to spread the Word about the salvation found only in Jesus. God has the ability to do it all Himself yet he has chosen to work through a broken and frail people.

We must see ourselves as a co-laborer with Jesus Christ

For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.- 1 Corinthians 3:9

  • We have to live a life that is obedient – We must act on and speak the words he gives us
  • We are to live totally dependent on the Holy Spirit- My obedience is a step of faith but it is Jesus who will do the work through us.

I look at my own life and it seems crazy that God would freely choose to use me. There is a great chance I will screw it up; however, God continues to lavish me with his grace and mercy. If we are aware, God will lead us to be the right person at the right place at the right time to show His love. It may be a simple word of encouragement or the chance to offer a prayer to help someone through a difficult day. You could be the one to tell the story of Jesus Christ the Son of God and his offer of redemption and forgiveness of sins. Through our weakness he shows his strength.

We are broken vessels but we are called to live out an active part in God’s plan of redemption for this fallen world.

We talk so much about being called but it really is about being available to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Ready to respond, anywhere & anytime. Are you ready?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.