Broken Jars and Radiant Light

An analogy came to mind a few day ago, an analogy about a jar of clay and a beacon of light!!!

Look at 2nd Corinthians 4:5-12: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.”

This is INCREDIBLE!!!!

It’s like this: we are given to this world as clay. Malleable, soft, impressionable, “weak” as some would say (Or more able to be molded by God, according to others.).

In this world we are given as a beautiful creation, and through our hardships, our life experiences, we begin to harden. We are, for the sake of this illustration, formed into jars of clay! We can paint our jars however we want to, dress it up, put on this BEAUTIFUL display to our viewers. Or, put on a hard display that shows that nothing can take us down. We can put on ANY display to the world around us… But if you look inside the jar? Emptiness. Nothing behind the wall. Hallow.

That’s a life without the Light that is Jesus. That is the life where you are living for yourself, putting on this appearance that everything is fine, that life is in order, or that it doesn’t matter what life gives you because you’re tough and “aren’t emotional”.

When you look behind the facade, you see that there is nothing there.

THAT is why, when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and recognize that He died for our sins, that His very ESSENCE, which is light, then resides within us!!! The Holy Spirit creates an dwelling within us!!! Isn’t that cool?!?!

And it’s through the cracks of our outer shell that His light SHINES forth from us!!! That’s what it means to give your life to Christ!!! It is from our brokenness that He is seen coming forth from us!! Not us, but Him!!!

Now that’s usually fine and dandy. So now, insert the analogy that came to mind.

The more broken the jars of clay, the more cracks in the vessel, the more the beautiful the Light radiates forth.

To allow Christ to shine from us the Holy Spirit has to crumble and break the very body that we surrendered upon receiving Him.

If we desire to have our lives reflect as Jesus, the life that we already realized paid the price for the life we lived prior, we need to realize that it means a process of breaking the mold that is of our “old self”.

It is through the “new self” (Ephesians 4:22-24) that we are able to let the radiant light of Christ shines through our lives, thus reflecting His.

This happens because this entire life of ours is the transformation of becoming more like Jesus and the person God created us to be!!! But, to grow us into that, God has to break and crack the things that will not help us reach that mold! He has to remove the things that are leading us towards destruction.

Sometimes I resist the breaking of my “old self” because it hurts. Because it makes me feel like I’m “loosing control”. And I like feeling in control. I like it because then I feel safe, and sturdy and okay. I feel stable.

And sometimes I worry that in my resistance to change my “old self” ways, that I am inadvertently telling God that I like the self I surrendered to Him more than the one He has in store for me. I think my pride gets in the way of my growth a lot more than I would like to admit.

And I know I am not the only one in this. I am not alone because we ALL fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all fall short, but we all have a chance to surrender our imperfections, our stubbornness, our brokenness, to Him. He wants what’s best for us. He truly truly does.

Take a chance with God, and let Him mold you into the beautiful work of art that He has in store for your life. While there are no guarantees that it will be easy (actually more warning that it wont be), it leads to the most perfect eternity possible. Run to Jesus, and let the Master Craftsman mold you into the person He made you to be. I promise it’s worth it 💖🙈💖

Check out my insta (@jaclynlryan) for some more insight on this!

Love you guys!!!

Peace ’n blessings

~ Jaclyn


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