Monday, March 30, 2009
Valuable to God
We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
—2 Corinthians 4:7
Is low self-esteem really the problem with society today? I think we need to have a proper understanding of the way things are.
First of all, I recognize in myself I am a sinner. But I also recognize that when Christ came into my life He gave me value. He put His treasure in an earthen vessel, or in a jar of clay, which is my life.
And now, with a new confidence and boldness, I have something to offer, because He has made me someone of value.
A great writer can write on an ordinary piece of paper and suddenly it is valuable. A great artist can take a canvas and make a beautiful painting on it that is priceless. It isn’t the paper that’s valuable, or the canvas. It’s what the poet wrote on the paper. It’s what the artist painted on the canvas.
The apostle Paul knew that the value of the work he was doing for the Lord was not due to his own ability, but due to the power of God at work in him. He wrote to the church in Corinth, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
God wrote His name on you when you gave your life to Christ. He invested Himself in you. That’s why you can make a difference.
God wants to use you, and He has a place for you—a part for you to play, a seed for you to sow, a call for you to answer.
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Finding Hope in the Last Words of Jesus
"For me one of the most intriguing and fascinating elements of the Easter story are the words that Jesus said as he was hanging on the cross for our sins. These seven profound statements are His last words . . . and contain some of the deepest theology and most meaningful statements in the Bible."
Finding Hope in the Last Words of Jesus, Greg Laurie’s latest book, examines each of Jesus’ seven statements from the cross, and reveals Christ’s humanity, His sovereignty, and why we can trust God with our lives.