Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Wonderful Treasure in Earthen Vessels

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  -II Corinthians 4:7 (KJV)

I often encounter people who struggle with a low opinion of themselves and their own worth.  Of course, we do not ever want to grow haughty or prideful and think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but neither let us surrender to self-loathing.  Don’t be too hard on yourself; remember that the Lord truly loves us.  God knows we struggle and He knows that we have weaknesses.  The Lord is willing to help us in our weaknesses that we might walk in daily victory through faith in Jesus Christ.  Self-loathing is when we begin to think that we are of little worth and of no value to God and His kingdom work.  That is not true and is a lie from the devil.  We are of tremendous value to God.  Each one of us is a unique individual with unlimited worth and potential to God.  We should not grow prideful, but rather we are to humble ourselves before God.  Realize also that God loves us and we are valuable to Him.   

Each one of us has an extremely tough job and we all have a great responsibility.  You are in all probability the only person who could be you.  I don’t think anyone would want to be me, because if someone was me he would also have to deal with all of my problems, flaws, and weaknesses.   

The Scripture says that we are simply earthen vessels, jars of clay, but within these jars is a wonderful and divine treasure.  This divine treasure is the Holy Spirit of God given freely through Jesus Christ our Lord.  During dark and troubled times take heart and remember that you are of immeasurable worth to God.  We sometimes begin to think that we are worthless, but God is able to see past our flaws to a person who is perfectly capable of accomplishing His will.  Following God’s will brings comfort, peace, joy, stability, and direction in life.   

Don’t wander aimlessly though life and do not give into the dark feelings of hopelessness.  Jesus Christ came to bring life – the abundant life in Him.  Claim that promise today and walk forward in victory.  

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