Given Over to Death, Part 2
For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
2 Corinthians 4:11-12
God wants to break apart our jars of clay to display the treasure of the gospel. That process showcases His power and not our weaknesses. Breaking hurts and sometimes destroys. Rather than despair this should give us great hope if our hearts are fixed on the bigger picture of eternity. The breaking through humility, puts Jesus on display, rather than our pride and hurt feelings.
This is a hard message to embrace and live out. There is no cookie cutter strategy of practical steps for every relationship. Instead, this is a call to falling more in love with Jesus and depending on Him to open our eyes to those moments that require dying to self, so that His love shines through the cracks in our clay pots.
Instead of a practical to-do idea for offering life-giving encouragement, I invite you to write out Today’s Treasure or print out the graphic that showcases Today’s Treasure. Take some time to meditate on what this scripture means for you personally in your daily interactions with difficult people. Is there a specific way the Lord is calling you to die to self, with no expectations of any return? Life-giving encouragement, flows from a life-giving intimacy, with the Life-Giver, God. Ask the Lord to transform that self-protective hard place in your heart in a way that entices others to come, “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Law Enforcement audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
The headlines scream the stunning news far too often: Officer killed in the line of duty. What happens to the families of these brave men and women? Why would God let this happen? What about law enforcement families who lose their loved one in an off-duty death? We are confident this transparent and practical interview will not only encourage law enforcement families but will help those who love them better understand their grief journey.