The Unimpressive and Someone Greater

So maybe our “light in the world” is not founded in our goodness, but in where we find our ability to do good.  The light – the difference – in us springs from a knowledge of Christ’s glory. God has given us knowledge of His glory (light) through Christ to shine in darkness. But the thing is God didn’t just make us perfect little pictures of His glory in the world. No, God put this light, this treasure, this knowledge of Christ’s glory in jars of clay. us. the unimpressive. the imperfect. So when people see this light in us, they know it can’t be from us, but Someone greater than us. {2 Corinthians 4:4-7} And through Christ’s work God is going to display “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us [‘even when we were dead in our trespasses’]”  {Ephesians 2:1-7}. Do you see it? God’s grace is kindness to the undeserving. the unimpressive. the imperfect. So maybe trying to obey God’s command to imitate Him {Ephesians 5:1-2}, trying to be a good example, trying to shine the light of the gospel by keeping sin struggles and insecurities hidden is counterproductive. Because if the grace of the gospel is God’s kindness to the undeserving, than who are we to pretend we’ve got it all down perfect? God calls us to do good, but He does not call us to hide our “undeservingness.” Maybe this is part of the difference between the “good works” we do before others that encourage them to give God glory  {Matthew 5:13-16} and the “righteousness” we do to get praise from other {Matthew 6}. If we’re open and vulnerable at the proper (not perfect … that’ll never come) time and place. if we stop hiding and denying and start being honest. if we’re ok with saying we don’t have it together. then people will know these “good works” – this light – can’t be coming from us {the undeserving. the unimpressive. the imperfect. the jars of clay}, but from Someone greater than us.

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