"Jars Of Clay"

 
5 You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not ourselves.     
2 Corinthians 4:5-7 (NLT)
 
There was nothing special about him. Nothing that made him stand out from any other man in his day. He had only a 5th grade education. He was lacking in grammar skills and couldn't spell. He was brash; in fact, some would call him rude. And yet, God chose to work through this ordinary man...a man that society would quickly write off. However, this simple shoe salesman was an ordinary "Jar of Clay" filled with an Extraordinary God. When this man surrendered his normal, ordinary life, it unleashed God's extraordinary power. God worked through this "jar of clay" in a mighty way and it is estimated that this man led as many as a million people across the globe to a saving faith in Christ. Dwight L. Moody had nothing to offer God but a willing heart and that, my friends, is where God does some of His mightiest work!
 
According to 2 Corinthians, we are nothing more than "fragile jars of clay." Lives that are here only for a brief moment and apart from God, the Creator of the Universe, we really don't have much to offer. But the thing that sets us apart and gives us our value is the "great treasure" that is contained within our "jar of clay." This "treasure" is the power of the Holy Spirit that takes up residence within us at the point of our salvation.
 
The Holy Spirit does many things for us. He convicts us of our sin. He comforts us. He is always with us - guiding us, loving us, leading us, and the list goes on and on. However, we were not given this amazing power to keep inside our "jar." God tells us in Matthew 5:14-16 that we are the "light of the world" and that we are to let our lights shine so that people will see Christ.
 
It is our weaknesses, our short-comings, our nothingness, our ordinary selves that qualify us to be used by God more than anything else. Then our boasting is NOT about ourselves or anything we do but rather, it's ALL ABOUT GOD. Everything we do is by Him and to bring glory to Him.
 
So how do we unleash this power? This "great treasure?" It begins with a willing heart. Giving our "jar of clay" over to whatever it is that God (the Potter who created these jars) wants from us. And to be honest, these are sort of scary prayers...the type of prayers that say, "Lord, I'm willing to do what You want me to do." It's the fear of the unknown. What if God calls me to do something I don't want to do? It's almost as if we want God to run His ideas for our lives by us before we actually make a commitment. But God doesn't work that way. God's way is: Surrender yourself to My will...to do what I created you to do and I (God) will give you everything you need to do what I've called you to do. Trust Me!
 
Look at Ephesians 2:10
"For we are God's masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."
 
God created you with a set of gifts that are unique to you and only you. He's asking you to trust Him enough to partner with Him to use those gifts for His glory and let Him do Extraordinary things through you. He designed your "jar of clay" long before you were born.
 
What if Dwight Moody had not let God use him? How would those million people have ever come to know Christ?
 
There are 2 women in our church who have both suffered painful losses. They have both gone through the agonizing grief of burying infant granddaughters. It's a pain and grief so great most of us cannot even imagine it. Yet in their grief, they have chosen to let God unleash His Extraordinary Power through their "jars of clay." Both of these women minister in our church but the work of the Holy Spirit through them goes far beyond the walls of our building. For years now, Debbie has sewn hundreds and hundreds of little dresses to go into shoe box gifts. Carla has filled at least 40 shoe box gifts in her little granddaughter's memory. Both of these women are letting the light of God shine brightly in their grief, through their ordinary "jar of clay." Their lights shine bright as they minister here in Kansas City and they shine globally with each and every shoe box gift that is given. In spite of their pain, these women are saying to those without hope, "there's Hope and it's Jesus Christ!" Only in heaven will Debbie & Carla know how many souls are there because one day a little child received a simple little shoe box gift containing a little dress and the love of Christ.
It's something so small yet when mixed with God's Holy Spirit Power, is so Extraordinary.
 
We are ordinary people by design. We serve an Extraordinary God who wants to work through us! In this lifetime, you're not going to get a better offer than that!
 
How are you going to let God use you?