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Vessels of Clay
by Benjamin Graber
06/19/07
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Vessels of Clay
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Our Father in heaven wants to use us to show His love to the world.

Not because we are sinless; one glimpse of our souls and anyone can see the black stains of the curse of sin still shadowing our lives.

Not because we are strong; one glimpse of our bodies and anyone can see the frailties of our humanness. We canít even live one day by our own power.

Not because we are wise; one glimpse of our minds and anyone can see the fallacies we are blind enough fall into.

Not because we are whole; one glimpse of our hearts and anyone can see the cracks of a broken heart, wounded many times over.

No, instead He uses us in our weaknesses:
In our sinfulness itís His righteousness that cleanses usó
In our frailty itís His strength that upholds usó
In our foolishness itís His wisdom that guides usó
In our brokenness itís His love that shines through the cracks of our hearts.


ďThe Lord said to me, ĎMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.í Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christís power may rest on me. That is why, for Christís sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.Ē ó2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

Father, we ask that in our weaknesses Your love will be displayed to all the world.


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Amanda Brogan 12 Jun 2010
Lovely, Ben! Do you mind if I use this to print on the back of our Sunday bulletin? I always put either devotionals or poems on the back, and I thought that some of your work would be perfect. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom  06 May 2010
This is so beautiful and true especially on a day like today when my physical limitations are weighing my mind down. Your words remind me of God's promise that He is always near me to pick me up. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom  06 May 2010
How wonderful God is to know someone in 2007 would need to hear these exact words I needed to hear 3 years later. Thank you for all of our sakes for listening to God when he inspired you to pen these mighty words.
Elizabeth Hexberg 08 Jul 2008
This is beautiful...and the truth.God Bless You.Elizabeth
Seema Bagai  22 Jun 2007
Thank you for writing this. Concise and easy to understand. It encouraged me.
Janice Cartwright 21 Jun 2007
You placed your pen precisely on God's heart - and mine: a timely reminder I need to get busy in an area I have been neglecting
Verna Cole Mitchell  19 Jun 2007
This is a wonderful devotional. I especially like the cluster of sentences following "In our weakness." This reached my heart today.
Janice Fitzpatrick 19 Jun 2007
Oh, this touched my heart. Very well written. God bless your insight and writing. Keep up the good work. Janice
melissa buckley 19 Jun 2007
So true, and it helps to be reminded that God uses us in weaknesses, not because we don't have any. What a relief!!!!!!! Thank you
Trevas Walker 19 Jun 2007
Very well written. This is exactly what I needed to read today, so thank you.




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