Words from the Heart for Thursday October 28th, 2021

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)

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Clay Jars

The earliest ceramics in Canada were made in the northern Yukon more than 3,500 years ago, within sight of the Arctic Ocean. That Siberian-inspired Palaeoeskimo pottery tradition, however, did not spread to more southern regions. The origins of the Aboriginal earthenware industry found south of Canada’s Arctic regions can be traced to the culturally rich lands draining into the valley of the Mississippi River. More than 2,500 years ago, ceramic pots appeared at many locations in southern Canada and gave rise to a number of distinct regional traditions.

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I heard a preacher years ago, in dealing with how Paul describes us in 2 Corinthians 4:7, describe us as being a bunch of crackpots. It was a funny thought, and it really does illustrate the point that the apostle was making when he said this: “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.” We are far from perfect, even those of us who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. We have been forgiven and set free from the guilt and shame that resulted from our sinful nature and the resultant sinful actions. Which makes the mystery of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit – Christ in me – even more profound. The God of the Universe has taken up residence in fragile clay pots – you and me. By so doing, He gives us His abiding presence, and by His presence, we become more and more like Jesus. Anything that we accomplish that has eternal significance is because of His presence in us, all for His glory.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley