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October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

"Your Weakness, God's Glory"

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light to shine in our heart to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”2 Corinthians 4: 6 – 7 NIV

Just as God spoke light into the darkness of creation, He speaks light into the darkness of our hearts. He fills us with the light of the Holy Spirit so we’re able to see His face even as He transforms us into the likeness of Jesus.

We’re not supposed to hang on to it. Paul has an interesting way of talking about us. We are jars of clay, fragile, chipped and imperfect. That’s how God wanted us so that others will see His power through our fractured and shattered lives.

We stand as monuments of God’s grace. And He is able to write an inscription upon each one of us: “Within this earthen container, the one true God is at work.”

I suspect that you may not see it this way. But your weaknesses are a gift, just as they were for Jacob/Israel. They remind you that you need to depend on God, not yourself.

Through those weaknesses God is able to show His strength. They are the opportunity for God’s light to shine even brighter from within you. For we bear witness that it is not our strength, but His that enables us.

You don’t have to try and shine out into the world on your own power. Just be who you are, a frail human designed by God to reveal His glory. If you’re that you will accomplish your mission.

Perhaps if we, as the Church, might be a little more authentic with each other it would be a wonderful symbol to the world. If you’re hurt, say it; if you’re angry, admit it; if you’re in love, show it; if you’re wrong, confess it and if you’re in need, reveal it.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don