Sunday, March 17, 2013

His Precious Treasure

Broken Cups
"But this precious treasure - this light and power that now 
shine within us - is held in a perishable container, that is, 
in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power 
within must be from God and is not our own."    2 Corinthians 4:7

I was Spring-cleaning with a friend the other day. While reaching 
into the recesses of the cupboard, she accidentally dropped a cup. 
It didn't shatter, but the fall to the counter was enough to cause 
a crack. I wondered whether to save it, but in the end decided 
to trash it.

God, on the other hand, saves broken cups. In fact, broken 
vessels are often His most useful tools. The verse for today reads 
like His fix-it manual. It tells us God pours His treasure into 
fragile vessels that are prone to shatter. That way everyone will 
know God is doing the "living" in us.

A broken neck has taught me this. But so has a broken heart. 
At times, whether in my paralysis pain or emotional pain, I have 
gone to God and sighed, "I give up. I can't do anything right. 
I have no idea how to pull myself out of this mess." The world 
would say, "Yep, you're useless." The devil would say, 
"Told you so." But God says, "I've been waiting for you to come 
to Me in your brokenness. Here, let Me heal you. You need My 
help; for without Me, you can do nothing."

What's more, Psalm 51:17 tells us God will only use a life that 
is broken: 

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite 
heart, O God, you will not despise."

Don't be ashamed of being shattered. God is looking for broken 
vessels like you through whom He can showcase His splendor. 
Remember, when it comes to God's grace, even broken cups 
can be filled to overflowing.

Thank you, God, for not throwing away my broken life but 
treasuring it and redeeming it. Use my brokenness to help 

Joni and Friends

Taken from More Precious Than Silver. Copyright © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. 

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