Your life is very different than what you thought it would be. You never expected you would be in this place. Perhaps you had a broken dream, a broken marriage or a broken body. Perhaps you have all of these things and more.
You feel just a bit like Job. Okay, perhaps you feel A LOT like Job! Remembering his story, you take courage and move forward but then... you stop short. The enemy has thoughtfully pulled out his picture album with your name on it and he wants to show you a few "pictures" he has taken of you.
Now the best thing to do when this happens is to ignore him and keep your eyes where they belong, on Christ. However, being human we are easily distracted creatures. Well, we are far too easily distracted from God at least. Sigh...
The enemy knows that if he can convince us we are pitiful broken and cracked little pots that are of no use at all, we will be, well, no use at all. We will sit down by the wayside moaning, groaning and crying about how horrible and useless we are.
If you put a light in a clay, ceramic or metal container with no cracks or openings, can you see the light? No. The photo in this blog is actually a picture of a crack. All around the crack, there is darkness but what do you see shining through the crack? Look at the picture again. What draws your attention, the darkness or the light? Which is more beautiful and glorious?
I think this picture illustrates what happens when we allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine through the "cracks" in our lives. He transforms those cracks into something beautiful that cannot be hid.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,b God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.c And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Yes this is so true in the sense that we often do worry of the broken pot we are. I do not judgment myself if I am sin free in Gods eyes because of Christ who am I to stay guilty before God. Accept the forgiveness and move on the spiritual meat that is what I am seeing I am today. Good blog
I love the cracked pot metaphor! I imagine how much light can actually penetrate the cracks in a broken vessel. After reading this, I think I will embrace every crack in my pot. Thanks K! Very thoughtful