Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | November 23, 2015

Your Temporary Clay Jar – Another Thought

  1. An Amazing Contrast

I occasionally reflect on the rather curious situation we face every day of our mortal lives; all that our physical senses can detect is very temporary. This world and the universe of which it is a part are all scheduled for destruction; they are to be replaced in their entirety, nothing will be left.

It is probably best to try and avoid an undue attachment to the physical body you occupy; it too is a temporary clay jar you occupy for only a few fleeting moments.

The Apostle Paul writes of this in 2 Corinthians 4:7:

“7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” NLT

In previous essays I have mentioned the dramatic contrast between the origin of our living essence and our human bodies. Our living essence was directly from God and shares God’s image; our mortal bodies are from the dust of the ground and to the dust they shall return. It would be difficult to imagine a more extreme contrast than this yet this was exactly God’s plan for us; an immortal essence temporarily housed in a mortal body, a fragile clay jar.

Life can be a tough experience for both our eternal essence and our clay jar. This is complicated by the fact our clay jar finds itself on a spiritual battlefield and is constantly under attack; an attack at both the physical and spiritual levels.

While the Bible makes it crystal clear our clay jars do not have a place with us in heaven, and must die or be transformed by the power of God; our mortal lives are dependent on these clay jars and we do our best to help them last.

Cracked clay pot by Adele Bower

Artwork by Adele Bower

The Ravages of Time

Regardless of how careful we try to be time will take its toll on our jars; they will start to develop nicks, small scratches and hairline cracks that show they are aging and that doesn’t include the damage that’s being done to our eternal essence.

Our eternal essence has also been under attack and has suffered under the ravages of time. These spiritual signs of aging can include an assortment of fears, doubts, and knowledge of a vast assortment of personal sins. What’s more we received our eternal essence with a huge defect, it arrived spiritually dead; a defect that all humans born of a human father inherit.

Those who are born again have been given a living spirit to replace the old dead spirit but it too has been placed in the same old clay jar with all of its nicks, scratches and hairline cracks.

God’s Grace

God, in His wondrous, grace, mercy and love, has made provisions for His children as they struggle with the adversities of life. In the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ God has made redemption a very simple process. Simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and salvation is secured for all of time and eternity.

Knowing the life of His child would be encumbered by a battle with sin, both within and without; God has graciously imputed the very righteousness of His Son, Jesus, to all who receive Him as Savior. God’s children can believe with absolute certainty the reassurances given in Romans 8:1-4 where it is written:

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”

The Ultimate Grand Finale

As an encouragement to His children, God has given us a blessed hope, a promise that something new and vastly improved is on its way. I enjoy the Star Wars movies and am always touched by the occasional celebrations portrayed in the movies as once again good vanquishes evil.

Those scenes remind me of a glorious celebration that is planned by God for His own family; a celebration infinitely beyond the imagination of man. We will enjoy this celebration in new eternal bodies fashioned for us by God; bodies, no longer of the dust of the earth, but heavenly, eternal bodies created for us by God.

This ultimate celebration will take place in the presence of God for the pleasure and enjoyment of His family. A time will come when evil will have once and for all been vanquished and sin, with all its associated woes including death, will be gone forever.

In the meantime we wait, serving and rejoicing in our Lord and living out our appointed lives in the span of time allotted to us, but God in His grace, has given us a down payment on our inheritance, the Holy Spirit who has made us His home.

We have the opportunity and privilege to enjoy some of the blessings that will be ours in the future as we let the Holy Spirit control in our lives. Even this dust bound clay jar we occupy can benefit by its association with the Holy Spirit.

When Your Body Rejoices, Smiles and Laughs

When the Holy Spirit is in control of your life you have the opportunity to enjoy a blessing that will be fully realized in the future.

When you were rejoicing in the Lord and praising Him you have probably experienced this remarkable feeling; a flood of joy and peace seems to fill your entire body, it’s almost as if your body is rejoicing in the Lord too along with your soul and spirit.

A wave of good feeling sweeps over you and it feels as if your entire body is smiling and rejoicing. This can often burst forth in smiles, laughter and even tears as the joy of the Lord overwhelms you. To experience this is a rich blessing reserved for God’s children; a promise of greater things yet to come.

This blessing is only one reason Paul’s advice to the Philippians makes such good sense where in Philippians 4:4-9 he writes:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”


Responses

  1. I will REJOICE and be glad…. thank you for sharing God’s wonderful word, David! Wishing you & Adele a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    • Sheila,
      Thank you and a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving to you as well.
      David

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