I was thinking over the weekend about the various antique jars and jugs we used to carry in our Antique Shop. Remembering how one time when I had returned from a three week trip to California I discovered that no one had bothered to clean the shop properly in my absence!
This discovery came as quite a shock when a lady came in admiring some of the fine pottery jugs we had. We picked them up, and turning one over to see the markings, a bunch of dust fell out! Well, let me tell you . . . I was aghast! Oh, we had a good chuckle over how men didn’t tend to notice the details of cleaning things like we women did, but it was embarrassing to me nonetheless.
Well, that memory got me to thinking about a Scripture. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
We ARE the ‘jars of clay’!!!
How are we taking care of these jars?
What do we doing with these treasures? Are they empty, neglected and full of dust?
But, let me share with you why I started thinking about these large antique pottery jars in the first place.
Jesus first miracle – John 2:1-11 “ On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me? ” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”
So here is Jesus, enjoying the festivities and His mother steps over to Him and tells Him to take care of a problem. She KNEW He could do it. He was there to have a good time with His friends, but, being respectful to His mother (as God ordained) He followed through.
Note. He used simple things. 1 – Large earthen vessels, jars. 2 -Water. He told the servants to fill them with water. Then He directed them to draw some out and take it to the master. They obeyed.
My mind started going a hundred miles a minute . . . hmmm . . . we are large earthen vessels . . . He is Living Water and we have been instructed to be filled with Him . . . am I? Are we? When we keep ourselves in fellowship with Him, keep His Word in us, John 7:38 tells us that we will have “streams of living water flowing” through us. Then, if we obey Him . . . others may draw from us . . . miracles happen . . .
But . . . getting back to the jar . . . what are you doing with your vessel? Are you empty, dry, filled with dust? Have the winds of time knocked you over? Have you been broken, crushed, damaged? DON’T GIVE UP!
GOD CAN STILL USE YOU!!!!
HE CAN STILL WORK MIRACLES THROUGH YOU
. . . HIS LOVE,
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