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Friday, January 4, 2013

LIght Up the Sky

Today I'm reading 2 Corinthians 4:5-13 from "The Message."

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
13-15 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

We are a bunch of clay pots...some of us cracked pots. It's what's inside that counts. I once did a memorial service for a friend and had a clay pot on a table with the bottom cut out of the pot and a hole through the table. Then, like a bad magician, I pulled things up from below the table that represented many of the things that were important in his life - the things that filled his clay pot. Pictures of family, a golf club, etc. And then I pulled out a Bible to represent his faith in Christ. I then challenged people to consider what they had in their clay pot. Especially that faith should not just be an add on to everything else, but the basis for everything else. 

That's how the Apostle Paul got through the many hardships he endured for Christ. "Spiritually terrorized." It was the light of Christ that guided him every step of the way. 

May you see his light for your path today as you examine what's in your clay pot!!

Also, follow this link to a great song called "You Light Up the Sky" by the Afters.

And please pray for my mother in law, Linda Allen, who is is ICU with congestive heart failure this morning. 


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