Daily D – 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:6-7 (NLT)
A church leadership team I am working with on a vision planning process became uncomfortable with the long-range vision we were writing. They felt like it was too perfect, too pretty of a picture. They felt like it made them sound like they were better than they are or could be. They felt like it put them in the role of redeemer when only Jesus should occupy that place.
This strategic halt created deep reflection which led to the inclusion of imagery from these verses to more clearly develop the polaroid of their present and future state.
We are not the light of the world. Jesus in us shining through us is the light of the world. We are fallible and frail like easily broken clay jars. We can contain the richest of treasures, but it is the treasure that makes the jar valuable and not the other way around.
This truth is an important reminder. It is easy for religious personalities to fall into the trap of thinking they are more special and important than they are. Some seem to confuse the container with the treasure within. Again, people need more of Jesus, what we contain, than us. We shine with his light, not our own.
Here is the test. When people walk away from us, are they more impressed with us, or with Jesus?
It is also important to remember Jesus’ words about hiding the light under bushel baskets. Don’t do that. If Jesus lives in you, he should shine through. He ought to be heard with every word. He ought to be seen in how we serve. He ought to be experienced when we wrap an arm around another to extend comfort. He ought to be known in what we say yes to and to what we say no.
People who live in united experienced and expression of Jesus create cultures of compassion, healing, and kingdom progress. They build better worlds. That is a vision worth signing off on.
I will make sure it is Jesus who shines through me.
Our Father, there is a song called Shine, Jesus Shine that expresses my heart’s desire. More of you, less of me. More of your beauty may others see. In this fragile clay, it is you I want on display. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.