Monday, March 18, 2019

Perfectly Broken to Shine

"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

Jars of clay...that doesn't seem like a very safe place to store treasure, now, does it?

Jars of clay are common and fragile, often cracked or leaky, but then, if the treasure stored within is the light that comes with knowing Christ, perhaps jars of clay are the perfect vessel. We are imperfect, marred by scars from past mistakes on our part and broken by hurts inflicted by the careless handling of others, who are, themselves, imperfect vessels. Still, the light of Christ is able to shine through those broken places in us to a world that is hurting to say, "Look, Christ loves imperfect, broken people just as they are. He will fill them with His light so that it can shine as a beacon to those who need Him."

So we have this power in us. What power? The power to encourage, bless and heal the broken and hurting by allowing His light - the light of the knowledge of God's glory through salvation in Jesus Christ to not only shine in our own lives, but to spill out of us into their lives.

How will you allow God to shine through you today?

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Felecia said...

Love this Jan. So true.

Jan Christiansen said...

Thanks, Felecia. I love the thought that each time I am broken, more of the light of Jesus can shine through me if I will let it.

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Anonymous said...

Good post

Karen Kordon said...

Great word, Jan! Your writing made me think, not only does His light shine through the broken places, it fills them. Jesus isn’t shaming us by covering the cracks and chips that represent what we came through and the broken places He healed. Instead, He says, “these things are part of your story, let me fill them w/ my light so you will never forget my love for you & others can see the hope that lives in you.”
Thank you for helping me look at brokenness ithrough a beautiful lens!

Jan Christiansen said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by to read this post and for taking time to leave a comment. They encourage me to keep writing and sharing what God is revealing. Bless you all! (If you want, you can leave your name at the end of the comment and I can thank you personally, but if you want to remain anonymous, that's okay, too. I'm just glad you came!)

Unknown said...

Love this so much Jan. <3