Wednesday 27 August 2008

jars of clay and words

"For God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us"

it's ok to be weak. because it's what's inside me that is of value. it does not come from me. this is a relief. it's ok to be broken. the light can then escape through the cracks.

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Moses, Gideon... they all had doubts. doubted their ability to do what God asked of them. before they would step out they had to be reminded of who the One who spoke to them was, and therefore of their true identity as one rooted in Him.
Jeremiah: "i do not know how to speak, i am only a child"

God: "do not say 'i am only a child'. you must go to everyone i send you to and say whatever i command you. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and will rescue You... Now, i have put words in your mouth"

...which got me thinking about words. (again!). and how important they are. and while the way we live makes a massive statement about what is inside us - in terms of our beliefs, our worldview, our priorities, etc - it is really only words that can give that picture depth and shape. James says the tongue is like a rudder, steering the whole ship. words build up and words destroy. can have a massive effect on the way a person views us, themselves, life, God... we all have a responsibility for what comes out our mouth. proverbs say a wise man is of few words. i don't want to treat my words lightly. so, God, give me the words.

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