II Corinthians 4: 7: We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars, containing this great treasure. NLT
A city in Thailand was doing some construction work and had to move a giant statue which was painted and made of some sort of plaster. They put chains carefully around it and moved it to another location, with the intent of moving it back into place once the work was complete.
Upon examining the statue, they realized that it had several cracks in it caused by the move. They began to examine it carefully to see how to make repairs, when they noticed something shiny in the cracks. They soon discovered that this was gold shining through, pure gold. The huge statue was made of solid gold.
Going through historical archives, they realized that hundreds of years ago this city had been a small village, and its greatest joy and possession was this very large, solid gold statue. They were about to be attacked by an enemy army and had no way to move the statue into hiding. So they plastered over it and painted it. The village was attacked but the statue remained ignored, and intact.
Only after being broken and cracked was the true value of the statue revealed. We are like that. In some area of our lives, most of us have been broken. Maybe through divorce, death of a loved one, abuses or addictions. This, makes us, and those in our circle, view us as less than. We feel unworthy to do anything for God.
Ah, but when Jesus comes into our hearts, He begins a restoration process. He lives within us, He is the treasure within this earthen vessel, (us). He takes off the stuff we’ve plastered over our lives to prevent us from being seen as broken, and then the light of His love and glory shines through us.
Maybe we feel people look down on us, so we learn to make money and buy things to try to impress those around us. Or if we’ve been hurt, we build walls to hide our weak areas to try to prevent future hurt.
What we don’t realize is, our brokenness makes us very valuable to God, because He will comfort us to show us how much He loves us, and then He will teach us how to reach out to others in like circumstances, to comfort and help them.
II Corinthians 1: 4: He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others when they are troubled. We will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Don’t try to hide the cracks from your broken heart, life, personality, or shattered dreams, instead embrace them and give them to God. Give them to Him 100% and don’t take them back. He will bring people into your life that you can help.
God will let the light of His might and glory shine through the broken areas of your life. Let Him use you. Until next time.
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