We all have met people who have made a real impression on us, both good and bad. And we have seen places and things that impressed us with their beauty, vastness or complexity.
In the Scottish city of Falkirk where my grandfather was born in 1849, there is now what is called The Falkirk Wheel. It is a huge motor driven mechanical device that is used to move boats from one level on one river to a higher elevation on another river. It is a monumental creation, and once you have seen it in operation, you will never forget.
Our Statue of Liberty is another of those unforgettable creations. Mammoth in size and structure, it is beautiful beyond words. I’ll never forget the pleasure I felt when I saw those huge metal works of art.
But I know for a fact that there were many small failures, errors and corrections that had to be made in both of those marvels before they were complete.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7, the humble Apostle Paul wrote, “Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us”.
As one of those clay jars I can honestly attest to my own failures. But I also know that Jesus is Master Creator of all and if there is something that needs correcting, He can do it.
As Christians we have come face to face with our Savior. Oh, we can’t describe His face as we might do of others that we have met. But we know what He looks like in our own spirit, for His Spirit resides within us. And we know His voice. And it is by His own words that He has described us as ‘the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14-16). And as we go through each day we need to remember what we are, not because of the way the world perceives us, but because He said it is so.
A city on a hill is easily seen and reached. Are we making His light easy to see by our actions and words? Are we reachable by those who need know God’s Truth? Or are we allowing our failures to keep us in hiding? A simple unadorned clay jar, even one that shows the scars of repairs, can hold the purest of oils, the richest of treasures, the most valuable foods.
And whether we have cracks, chips or even larger broken places, He has put His richest, most pure and valuable Spirit within us and we should be ready to share all that He has given us.
If people are having to ask us if we are Christians, we are keeping the light that He placed within us hidden in that old clay jar and are forgetting that the power that resides within is from God.