Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Earthen Vessels

I'm just an old clay pot....but with a priceless treasure inside!

2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in a fragile vase of clay, in order that the surpassing greatness of the power may be seen to belong to God, and not to originate in us."

I just returned from a visitation of an old friend where I was reminded of the mortality of our human bodies. It was sad in a way to see his lifeless form laying in still silence, when I was used to hearing him joke and laugh, and belly ache about life's quirks and turns. He was always fun and thought provoking. But his footing was solid. He had known his time was coming soon. He had lived a long, and a full life. "I'm ready to go." he said, "And be with Jesus."

So, here WE are. We have this great treasure in earthen jars "so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;" 8-10 says "In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up. 9 We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed. 10 We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies."

This earth is not our final home. I look forward to the great eternal glory ahead, but I pray I live a life worthy of my calling in Christ Jesus while I am here!

2 Corinthians 4:6 "We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God's glory which shines from Christ's face."

I pray I reflect the light and the glory of Christ!


Annie said...

"earth is not our final home" - never has been so clear to me as since Mom died. Though I miss her every day, it's amazing how much closer to heaven I feel. Knowing she is there, still living and living perfectly in love and joy with our God, makes heaven a real place to me more than ever it was before.

Chad Nixon said...

They know no sickness, hunger or sorrow...I wish that when my time comes there is a celebration. Not 'goodbye', but see you soon. Though the absence is tough to bear, you will see them again!

Take heart in this!

betsy clark said...

I am thankful to know the Lord. It makes a loss much easier. Thanks Chad, for your words of encouragement.
Andrea, the person in heaven who makes it seem so much closer to me is my little baby Eva that was stillborn at 37 weeks. It really brings a vividness to eternity and heaven, to know she is there waiting for us with Jesus!