But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing
power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
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Until a year or so ago, I would never consider searching for a work of art on pavement.
West Michigan Chalk Art Festival in Byron Center, Michigan last year. It very quickly captured the heart, and imagination, of me and my family. (Check out last year's winners here) So, of course, we went back this year - just this past weekend. And were again amazed at what beauty can be made on a sidewalk with calcium sulfate and a bit of talent (okay - maybe more than a bit).
Just shows you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
It's just like the Lord's work in our lives. Nobody in their right mind can look at their life and think there is any way God could use them for good. We lie. We cheat, We steal. We are selfish, greedy, and covetous. Nothing we do - even if we try to be "good" - is considered pleasing in His sight. We might as well be pavement and calcium sulfate, compared to His expensive oil paint and marble.
But He uses us anyway. With His power in us, our "clay jars" can hold the amazing treasure of His blessings, power, and every one of the fruits of His spirit.
So don't be surprised where you find God's blessings. You're just as likely to find His masterpiece in the Louvre as on asphalt.
Do you feel unworthy to be used by God? Do you assume that certain people are not believers because of how they look, what they do, or how they act? Can you see how these thoughts are wrong - how God can, and does, use ANYTHING for His glory?
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