"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." - 2nd Corinthians 4:7
Most of us usher in the new calendar year by making resolutions: we determine to take certain actions to accomplish goals in the New Year. My family is no different. On December 31, we sat around the kitchen table and discussed our resolutions for 2015. Many of them involved being healthier: exercising more, reducing cholesterol, cutting back on sugar-intake, and things like that. But then I read the devotional excerpt from Jesus Calling for December 31, which reminded me of St. Paul's description of the human body being like a jar of clay. In 2nd Corinthians, Paul describes the human body as a jar of clay containing the Holy Spirit of God. Paul says that our bodies are like ordinary pottery so that it will be obvious to others that our spiritual growth and the transformation of our hearts is God's doing and not our own.
After prayerfully considering what a jar of clay is and how God could use one (or me) for His glory, I have resolved to BE a jar of clay this year. Here's what I mean: I want to be molded by the Potter. I want to be able to withstand the heat of a hot oven. I want to be basic and unadorned, practical and useful even if I am somewhat fragile. I am empty until I am filled by the User. And when I am emptied, I am in need of refilling from time to time. Thankfully, the Potter and User that I speak of is the Lord Jesus. And I am thankful He chooses ordinary people to do His awesome work in the world. Won't you join me and resolve to be a jar of clay in the service of the Most High God? I look forward to see what He will use me and you to do for Him in 2015. Happy New Year!
Continue to use me as Your jar of clay, O Lord. Make me practical and useful in Your service. Protect me from being broken. Fill me with Your love, grace, mercy, healing, power, and Your Word. Use me to pour out those same gifts upon others in Your Name, and refill me with your life-giving Spirit when I am empty. I ask these things in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.