May 31, 2018
2 Corinthians 4:5-7…“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
Paul described the good news of Jesus Christ as a great treasure and he gladly proclaimed it in every circumstance and in every setting. In his estimation, it was more valuable than silver or gold and provided healing for the deepest human hurts. He also took care to let people know that he himself was deeply flawed, and that developing a personal attachment to him was of no particular value. He didn’t want them to see him as their Savior as that role could only be filled by Jesus. We’re reminded of his insight every time we hear news of a preacher or pastor who has violated sexual boundaries or been accused of some crime. Such persons get a lot of attention and are a huge embarrassment for believers, but it really shouldn’t surprise us. All of us are flawed and liable to stumble and fall–and some of us do it spectacularly. But God is greater than human weakness and the power of God is not diminished by our sin. That doesn’t mean we are let off the hook as far as our behaviors are concerned. The way we speak and behave does make a difference in our witness, and observers are influenced by our words and action. Still, it is good to know that God uses us in spite of our foibles! And because God is in charge, it’s not possible for us to completely screw things up!
Thought for the Day: What are my flaws?