Treasure in Jars of Clay
We are daughters of The King, uniquely woven in our mother’s womb and known by God from the very beginning. Set apart and finally living in victory. Our father sent His son to die on the cross for our sins so- through Him- we have power and authority over this world. Without embracing our heavenly Father diligently, deliberately, purposefully, humbly and completely sin and circumstance can quickly pile on like mud, heavy, yucky, slimy- mud. Colorful mud. Muddy mud.
Picture Super-Girl. Pretty, shiny, capable of taking on the world- and then she slowly begins being covered in mud. One glob sticks, and then another, and another- until she is completely covered. It makes it hard to move when stuck in there and it is certainly hard to fly.
We are reminded, as Christians, to let our light shine for others to see. But, how can we shine light out if we are wrapped in that mud? The answers are found in scripture:
Isaiah 64:8 says “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand.”
Jeremiah 18:1-6 says “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 says “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
We are treasure wrapped in that mud. God can wipe the mud away, take the mud off of us, blow-dry it from the inside until it crumbles, or take it and mold it into a fierce shield of armor for our protection. As Christians we are washed clean by the Blood of the Lamb. As soon as the enemy slings mud at us, we need to grab it and send it to God in prayer. Heavenly father forgive me for and take this mud! You, Heavenly Father, know what to do with it! There’s no reason to walk around in that. Let’s follow God- diligently, deliberately, purposefully, humbly and completely. Praise HIM for working on us all from the inside out- He can keep our paths straight and our super-hero capes clean. Through Jesus, Super-Girl, you too can fly.