Believing

Less About the Jar, More about the Potter

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So… I’m still in awe, but I’m not yet ready to spill the beans about my “Mountaintop Experience” that happened this week.  I’m still processing what God has so clearly called me to do.  One of the things I am trying to do now is write about what He is calling me to write about instead of what I think I *need* to write about.

And today He wants me to talk about Him and how He relates to my “jar”.

The purpose of a jar isn’t just to *be a jar*.  The reason a jar exists is to contain something.  The contents being contained in a jar isn’t usually the purpose, either.  The ultimate purpose of a jar is is to be filled with something in order for that something to be eventually poured out.  A jar then, is a temporary holding place for something.

I believe that for Christians, that “something” is God in the form of the Holy Spirit.  This is the treasure that Paul spoke of in 2 Corinthians.

As Christians, we are called to pour out of our jars the things of the Spirit.  We are only able to let out what we have stored up within, and sometimes those things that come out are things that are not of us.  They are of God.  In verses 8-9, Paul goes on to talk about the reactions believers display towards adversity that make no sense unless one tries to understand them in light of the treasure within.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 

The highlighting is my emphasis on the pivotal moment where the treasure we have within our jars can be poured out…if we allow it… for this is the juncture where I believe Free Will comes into play.  {But that is a whole other thing for a whole other time}

We shouldn’t ignore the awesome power (the Treasure) that we have the ability to tap into during times of crisis.  We must recognize it is not our own, for we are merely the jar, the container of that Treasure.  When we pour it out, we must give all the glory to God for allowing our puny, little, insignificant jars to be the conduit for such mind-blowing magnificence.

We are all just jars.  What’s in yours?

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