Last night Hannah and I went to her church where the worship was beautiful, a baptism made me cry, and the sermon spoke straight to my heart. It was so intensely perfect that I took three pages of notes.
One point keeps circling through my mind. There is a purpose in God using us, broken people – his cracked pots – to store the treasure of the Gospel of Christ. When the container is cracked – people can see the contents, and when we are filled with the hope of Jesus, we reveal our greatest treasure.
I have to pause because I really want you to picture this in your mind. Can you see it?
I don’t know about you, but my pot is broken; there are some large cracks that have become gaping holes over the last years. I’m tempted to patch them up, or at least turn the side with the most brokenness to the wall, but if I do, the glory of God will not be revealed as fully in my life.
I need to sit with this for awhile and let it soak deeply into me.
Pastor Jason Meyer said that we should never be ashamed of our brokenness, because we are not ashamed of the Gospel.
What do you think? Can our brokenness allow Jesus to shine all the more brightly into the world?
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4: 7-10
If you would like to read/watch/listen to the complete sermon, “God’s Power in Cracked Pots,” you should be able to find it on the Bethlehem Baptist website soon.