“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Be not surprised if you feel that in yourself you are but an earthen vessel; if you are made deeply and daily sensible unto what a frail body God has communicated light and life. Be not surprised if your clay house is often tottering; if sickness sometimes assails your mortal tabernacle; if in your flesh there dwells no good thing; if your soul often cleaves to the dust; and if you are unable to retain a sweet sense of God’s goodness and love. Be not surprised nor startled at the corruptions of your depraved nature; at the depth of sin in your carnal mind; at the vile abominations which lurk and work in your deceitful and desperately wicked heart. Bear in mind that it is the will of God that this heavenly treasure which makes you rich for eternity should be lodged in an earthen vessel.
We are to carry about a daily sense of our base original to hide pride from our eyes. We are to be despised by others; and by none so much as by our own selves. We have ever to feel our native weakness, and that without Christ we can do nothing; that we may be clothed with humility, and feel ourselves the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints. We thus learn to prize the heights, breadths, lengths, and depths of the love of Christ, who stooped so low to raise us up so high.
Bring him hither to Me.
Visions are given to prepare for tasks. At the foot of the Transfiguration Mount a father was waiting with his distressed boy to have him healed. While we are sitting in rapture at the Lord’s Supper somebody is outside with a great need. We do not know how often we fail to help those in need or trouble because we have not enough faith. Jesus is the strong Son of God, and there is nothing He cannot do.
We ought to make the most we can of our life and do all the good we can. It is wrong for any of us, with our splendid abilities, to stay in “contented insignificance.” The Master wants us to be great and to do great things. But there are mistaken opinions about what it is to be great. Jesus’ disciples thought if they held high positions in the world they would be great. Jesus told them that childlikeness was the highest greatness. We are greatest when we are not aware of being great at all. Simplicity, trust, the absence of ambition, contentment – these are marks of greatness.
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
This verse articulates the simple truth that our actions, feelings, and motivation begin in our minds. What we ruminate on influences the ways we interact with our world. Let’s be mindful of what we allow to influence our behaviors. Make a point to only consume media, entertainment, and music that points you towards the good and beautiful things in our world.
LOVE THROUGH ACTIONS
1 John 3:16-18
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that, just as Christ laid down His life for you, you too will lay your life down for others. If anyone is in need and you have the ability to help, may you take pity and fill that need. May you think of the well-being of others before you think of your own, for that is the example shown to us by our Lord Jesus Christ when He sacrificed His own life. May your love go beyond mere words; may it be evident through your actions.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.
We can all sit in church and hear God’s word. However, just listening to listen doesn’t make a difference. It is the application into your life of the words you hear. Going to church is not about walking out and feeling good. It is about putting your knowledge into use. This is what makes us right in His eyes. How can you put into practice what God is teaching you lately?