For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
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In the course of his ministry, the Apostle Paul regularly had to deal with the credibility issue that critics clouded the air around him with the question: "Why should we believe you?" In his early life, Paul persecuted Christians. Now he was one of them and encouraging others to follow Christ. To his critics, he affirmed his unworthiness and yet turned the tables to say that God's power is revealed in being able to shine in breakable pottery. I think it is wrong to assume that this metaphor is a statement of the low value of human life. I would prefer to believe that on our most miserable days, when nothing is going right and nothing or no one we encounter is better by our presence, that God can still use the wreckage of our day, our life for a vehicle from which light can shine.
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Take these broken, shattered dreams and do your best, O Lord. Amen.