“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.
What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives!
Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (The Message)
Those verses above, the “jars of clay” verses, are how Paul wrote about himself and those who traveled with him. It seems to me, Joni, that we Christians can universally relate to the sense of our flawed human selves as ordinary, not worth much on our own, yet carrying the Holy Spirit of God inside us through the grace of Jesus.
A friend expressed feeling intimidated by our writing style, and inadequate to publicly share their thoughts. This hurts my heart.
For Ron and me, the purpose in writing this blog is to encourage, strengthen and build each other up. What is written may challenge or seem inadequate, may strike a note of recognition of some like thing in you or even leave you incredulous. But when you share your thoughts, experiences, questions, you make room for each of us to grow.
God gifted us with each other because from the beginning He knew it was not good for us to be alone. He calls us to come together in fellowship. He designed us for community.
We need you. We need your voice.