Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” vs. 7

2 Corinthians 4:5-7

Blind auditions have become standard in symphony orchestras as they seek replacements for vacant chairs. Candidates play their instruments from behind a curtain and are hidden from those making the decisions. Presumably this eliminates bias in the selection process. Some might wonder if a similar method could be adopted by congregations when they are given an opportunity to choose a pastor. Sad to say, it’s unlikely something like that would work in this culture where appearance has crept to the top of the list when candidates for public office are considered. Even in our congregations we care deeply about external factors in picking our leaders. Those who are attractive, eloquent, and polished have a definite advantage. Paul knew about such things too, but he wrote to the Corinthians that the purity of the gospel message was all that counted. He knew he wasn’t much to look at, but he knew there was power in the Light that was present in his words. In fact, he was grateful for his ordinariness–he believed God’s Light would shine more clearly if people weren’t distracted by his appearance. And that’s still how it is. When God’s Light shines within, it doesn’t make any difference if we’re plain or beautiful. A loving heart and a willingness to serve is really all that counts.

Thought for the Day: How would a blind audition work for pastors?


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