Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Its the treasure that makes a difference not me

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 be revealed in our mortal body. - 2 Cor 4 v 7 - 11

The craziest thing about the Christian life to me is that God decides to move in with me.

Into this body that is ordinary, weak, sinful, rebellious, aging and fragile, God takes up residence. To me and everyone else it looks as crazy as taking the crown jewels and keeping them inside an unimpressive clay pot. But that is what God chooses to do. And very often I can do a good job of keeping Him hidden.

But this fact has incredible consequences for our lives. Although we face common things to all mankind they will not destroy us. Not because of my power, motivation or positive thinking, but because of His power living inside us.

Pressed not crushed
Perplexed not despairing
Persecuted but not alone
Knocked down not destroyed.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. - 2 Cor 4 v 17

In us we carry the weight of Glory and a I need to let others have a glimpse of its wonders.


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