God loves crackpots

2 Corinthians 4:6-4:18 Read from Bible

So here is what we can see in God’s Word

God loves crackpots

God turns our weaknesses into strength

God uses Cracked pots

God loves Crack Pots

The only way that you never get cracked pots is to never use them, to set them on the shelf and just look at them. (Repeat)

God loves cracked pots because;

We don’t live in a room that never damages us

We do not live in a world that never put their hands on us

We live in a world that is more like a scratch and dent sale than a showcase room of collectibles.

Here is a liberating thought for you –

God didn’t create you to be decoration.

Because you are cracked, does not mean you have no value.

(6-7) that we read

God tells us that He gets glory when His light shines out of darkness.

Out of His abundant light, He allows His light to shine in His people. So that they not only see God’s light when looking at God but through God’s people.

God’s power working through us in earthen vessels brings Him Joy.

God does not have to work through us. He does not need us, we need Him. But He chooses to work His power through us. You want to put a smile of God’s face, allow Him to work through you. It will bring Him Joy.

Clay pot means ‘earthen vessel”- the ordinary clay that makes ordinary pots allows God to do some amazing things.

A created pot has not value until it is used for its purpose. An empty pot has not value. A pot sitting on a shelf just looks pretty, not useful.

God specializes in broken.

He never gives up on someone because they have a few dings and dents.

The broken pieces fit together when the potter is the one putting the pieces together.

I think God loves yard sales- because He get great joy finding something that someone else has discarded and finding value in it and will put it again to use.

Jeremiah 18

The prophet Jeremiah was instructed to go see what God had in store for Israel.

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Go down to the potter’s house and there I will give you my message. So, I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot that he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”

God was giving instruction to the prophet Jeremiah for the nation of Israel.

The principal is the same for us today-

God doesn’t throw out- He desires to reshape the broken and unwanted piece of clay and molding into something beautiful.

“Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does? Declared the Lord. Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand Israel.”

God turns our weaknesses into strengths.

Some are broken and trying to find what good can come of these experiences we have gone through.

Psalm 20:7

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord.”

Apostle Paul tells a young Timothy

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

Feel overwhelmed?

Over extended

Tired/ exhausted

People/things not moving fast enough?

God turns weakness into strength when we turn our weakness over to him and His strength becomes our strength.

The devil wants you to believe;

You are the only one feeling this way.

You are the only one going through something like this.

Pushing you to give up because you feel powerless.

God uses Cracked pots

Recap

God loves Cracked pots

God turns our weaknesses into strengths

And finally, God uses cracked pots

I love calling you cracked pots! You and you and you! Why?

Because I am one too!

We are all damaged goods that the Lord has taken an interest in.

There is not one of us sitting here that does not need Jesus!

There is not one of us here who would make heaven without Jesus!

There is not one of us here who on our own merit is worthy of a relationship with a holy God!

Why?

Because we are sinners!

Because we are broken, and our vases should wear and tear and have the glue marks to prove it.

God turns those broken and glued marks of our lives and uses them as badges of honor for what He has brought us through and where He wants to take us.

What doe s it mean to be a broken vessel that God can use?

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 Read slowly and clearly

We are treasures to God- Clay yes! Breakable Yes! But important to God.

Containers made by a holy and perfect God.

All different sizes for all different purposes.

Dead Sea scrolls were found in jars of clay- God’s Word in clay jars- Gods Word in each of us for safe keeping.

Clay jars are temporary holding places- these bodies of ours are temporary holding places for what God has for us in the future.

The light of God’s Word entrusted to us and dwells inside.

While we were dead in our sin and destined for destruction (Colossians 2:13), God made a way for us to be made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our physical “jars of clay” will be resurrected one day to become glorified, eternal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:20–23). God extends an invitation for “whosoever will” to come to Him while still in these earthly bodies (Revelation 22:17).

This knowledge and resulting relationship with God are the greatest treasures any earthly vessel can hold.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 16:16:49

    Mannyr, thank you ever so for you post.Much thanks again.

    Reply

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