quarta-feira, 1 de maio de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 108
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Jars of Clay
2 Corinthians 4:7–10 (ESV) But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
The glorious message of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ has been entrusted by God to humans that are frail and blemished vessels of clay to show the power working in them belongs to God and not to the vessel.
They were afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; so that the life of Jesus Christ could be manifest in their bodies. Those that observed the trails Paul and his ministry team walked through must have thought, “How can they survive and continue preaching Christ in conditions like this?” They were always on the edge of destruction but the power of God brought them through.
Likewise, we too, carry the glorious message of salvation and eternal life in our frail and blemished vessels of clay that the attributes of Jesus Christ can be manifested. In every pressure filled situation you face, the people around you expect you to react with a selfish worldly response. If criticized you are expected to criticize. If accused you are expected to strike back with accusations. When hated you are expected to hate. But when you respond with love the life of Jesus Christ shines brightly through you and people wonder how you can continue on. It is at that very moment that the message of salvation can be shared with them.
As you travel the Narrow Path you will face challenges. Adapt Paul’s attitude and accept each challenge as an opportunity for Christ’s life to be manifest through you. As those in your circle see your reaction they will want what you have and you will be able to share the message of salvation with them.