We see someone and we make instant judgements. It's part of our human condition. We either get that warm fuzzy feeling or we get the scary 'stranger danger' vibe. There's no middle ground. It's instinctive. It isn't instinctive to look for the brightness that is contained in our unadorned clay pot.
Yes. We can be broken by the bad things that happen to us. Broken but, Praise Jesus, not shattered. We may have been tossed about, we might have a crack or two, we might even have spots or itty bitty tiny fractures, but we are still capable. A working and worthwhile container. Each of us is some version of a cracked, yet useful, unadorned clay pot.
Sometimes we might think our pots are so bright that we don't need to associate with a lesser pot. Maybe we think our pot is so plain that it doesn't have any business sitting next to those brightly lit pots. Maybe we think that all the pots are just pots, so what's the difference. It's all about what we take the time to see (or not see).
My unadorned clay pot has definitely got a few cracks and scratches. There are scars; both shallow and deep, but (Yep! The all important BUT!) these imperfections are the places where my light shines the brightest.
This passage speaks to the unadorned clay pot. If we only look at the broken spots and the cracks in each of our pots, we might miss the brightness that is contained inside. The brightness that is Jesus.
Don't forsake your broken places. Let Jesus shines through all your cracks. Our pots may be unadorned, cracked and spotty, but they sure are beautifully lit.
2 Corinthians 4: 7-9 MSG
"If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken."