You and I as believers have so much in common. You and I, we have this amazing treasure in our earthen vessels. The name of this treasure is Jesus and He came to bring healing to the sick, sight to those who are blind. He has anointed us to preach, to share good news. To bring release to those who are bound.
You and I, we carry the richness of His treasure everywhere we go.
Five times, I have sat in the waiting room of Unit 7 while Bruce has had his treatment.
The first few times I took my iPhone. It was a means of escape and avoidance.
I was squirming. I didn’t want or like to admit that I was afraid. Afraid of seeing fear in the eyes of people. Afraid.
I knew I carried treasure but I compromised. I bought some yarn to knit into scarves. Knitting meant avoidance too.
Knitting meant I would be more absorbed in the creative process of the scarf. Knitting meant not looking at people. Fully. Knitting meant not seeing pain or fear.
I was missing the blessing of now by trying to avoid the present.
I sit in the waiting room of Unit 7 and the truth is, I am an ambassador for Jesus.
The cheery greetings, the sincere, warm smiles, the friendly voices of the patients, they richly bless me.
I carry treasure in my earthen vessel. How can I be a blessing to them?
By leaving my iPhone in my purse and knitting at home.
By being all present in my now.
By embracing the moment and finding reasons to celebrate each moment, the treasure is revealed. Our strength and our leaning is in the Greater One, the One who is the Treasure.
The reasons are there, we have only to use the eyes of our hearts to really see.
I can bless them by asking their name. By being interested in them.
By trusting the One who carries me, living outside of myself, and living completely in Him.
“God, I want to live outside of myself. Father, by your grace and mercy we are here. You are here. You are here with me now. Jesus, I want your love to shine brightly through this broken vessel that you have called your own. Shine Jesus.”
2Corinthians 4:6-7 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
I carry treasure that will impact the lives of people for eternity. This is not the day to keep silent and to keep to myself the good news of the gospel.
May the grace of God spread to many. May our hearts abound with thanksgiving to the glory of God. May the treasure of Jesus be fully revealed in our lives in these days.