Jars of Clay

I was not planning for my next post to be about this, but maybe I’m not the only one that needs to hear it. With everything that has been going on in this nation, and the world at large for that matter, I found myself reflecting on my life more often than in previous years, and I asked myself some questions. All this time, did I pursue my own dreams or did I pursue the plans and dreams God had for my life? Did I truly trust in the Lord or did I rely on my own understanding and wisdom?  Did I obey every time He asked me to step out in faith? Well, that I can tell you for sure it’s a “No”.

Reading the passage below brought me to the realization that many times throughout my life I did not step up, or speak out, or pursue a certain opportunity out of the fear that what was in me was not good enough to be heard, or to make it happen, or succeed…that I was not wise enough, or strong enough, or talented enough for the task at hand. And thinking like that, I was actually relying more on what I could do than on what God could do through me. I was full of self, when God wanted me to be full of Him.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7

And the truth is, we were never meant to accomplish things on our own. We were never meant to face the battles alone. We were never meant to succumb to fear or come out of a situation as victims. Though weak, God’s power is made perfect in us (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). Though broken or wounded, He is the ultimate Healer who can bind us up and restore us (Psalm 147:3). Though rejected or feeling unimportant, the Creator defines the purpose of a vessel and it is Him who gives it its value (Isaiah 43:7, Psalm 139, Matthew 6:26, Ephesians 2:10). And though we are merely jars of clay, by God’s power in us, we are able to do all that God calls us to do.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your steps. – Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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