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Godís Power Revealed in Human Weakness

Godís Power Revealed in Human Weakness

The apostle Paul knew something about pain and turmoil. During his ministry, he was hunted, imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and mocked. His fellow Jews branded him a traitor, and he was often scorned or not trusted by his Christian brothers. Paul faced the worst that life had to offer, yet he retained the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus.

Unfortunately, many new believers assume that the saving work of Christ in their lives will prevent them from experiencing times of trials and troubles. Paul, however, disagrees.

In 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, Paul illuminates the pain often associated with discipleship. Dispelling the illusion that Christians are spared hardships, Paul instead praises God for those times in which His power is revealed in human weakness.

In verse 7, Paul writes, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us." The NIV translates "earthen vessels" as "jars of clay." The image here is of the unimaginable power of God being poured into fragile, cracked containers: you and me.

Godís glory is not revealed in spite of our brokenness, but rather through our brokenness. Just as a cracked jar will seep water, so will the power of God leak out from our fractured lives.

Do not be ashamed of your "cracks." Rather, examine yourself to discover how God may be more fully revealed to you and others through your hardships.

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.

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