Don’t Cork Your Cracks

There are so many treasures that we have in our lives such as our families, our children, special memories, dear friends, our church families, heirlooms that have been passed down to us, and so many more. We know that a treasure is something that has great value or worth to us. There was a treasure that was placed inside of us when we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
In verse 7 it says we have this treasure in earthen vessels. What is “this treasure”? It says in verse 6 that the God who made the light to shine out of darkness is the same God who has shined in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God… Jesus is the light and the treasure is the GOSPEL. God placed the message of God’s love and grace, the message of Jesus’s life, His death and His resurrection in each of us when we He came into our heart. 
Verse 7 says that treasure was placed in earthen vessels. We are those vessels. It pleased God to place this treasure in us. He place this treasure in earthen vessels so that of the excellency of the power may be OF God and NOT OF us. God knows that if we could take the credit we would.God has chosen us to be earthen vessels to be used by Him to carry this treasure. I looked up the word “earthen” and Earthen in the concordance has the word clay, with added suggestion of frailty. How true is that? We are weak and frail beings.
I’d like you to think of a coffee mug. A mug that has a crack in it. What’s going to happen when you pour your coffee into it? The coffee is going to run out through the crack. That is the kind of vessel that God wants us to be. The kind that we need to be. A vessel that God’s treasure can flow out. Isn’t it amazing that God chooses to use cracked and broken vessels!
 
Is your vessel corked up? Is the treasure that God placed in you flowing through you?
 
What are you letting stop or cork up your vessel? We allow things into our lives daily that stops up our vessels. 
Hurt? How often do we let hurt words or actions from others keep us from serving the Lord? We let pain from past scars tell us that we are not useable. 
Self-image? Let’s be honest we compare ourselves to others… their clothes… their hair… their bodies… their talents. We compare our blessings and talents to others. Don’t forget that God made us in HIS image. God created us every detail of us. Psalm 139:13-14 says God covered me in my mother’s womb… God knew us before we were born… cared for us in the womb… we are fearfully and wonderfully made! God created us and designed us uniquely. We focus on this outward vessel and let that dictate our value or worth. Our worth is in the Lord!
Fear? I struggle with fear. So often I let fear tell me I’m not able. Or I cannot do “this or that”. I fear messing up or making a mistake so I don’t even try at times. We allow fear to hold us prisoner!
Pride? Anxiety? Depression? All these things keep our vessels plugged. These things keep us from bringing God’s word to others and no one receives the blessings and benefits of what God has placed in us.In John 3:30, John says He must increase, but I must decrease. John saw he was a vessel and for God to work through him he had decrease. We have to become less so God can become more in our life.
All these things that we struggle with cork our vessels. They keep us from setting our affections on things above like Colossians 3:2 says. For God to use us as vessels we have to “decrease”. We have to put ourselves out of the way, aside, so God can increase in our lives. When God is increased in my life the more He can FLOW THROUGH me. As He flows through me the more He POURS into me so I can say each day (Galatians 2:20 )I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Praise the Lord!
 
Are you a cracked vessel? Are you broken and ready for the treasure God has placed in you to flow out? 
 
Just like the cracked mug the more we let God’s treasure flow out of us – the more He can keep pouring into us! I sure want ans need Him to POUR into me! My clay pot, my vessel, gets all plugged up because I’m not allowing the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” flow out of me.
God did not design us to be storage vessels with the treasure He has placed in us. We are designed to be TRANSFER vessels. When a pot fills with water but does not have any drain holes in the bottom of it, what happens to that water after while? That water gets nasty, stale, and stagnant. When we are not transferring God’s treasure how often do we get stagnant spiritually? 
We are all cracked and broken vessels. We have been created to carry the Gospel and God’s love and grace to others. When we allow ourselves to be cracked and broken that allows God flow out of us so others can see God’s work in us. God has given us that treasure to be LIVING testimonies to the lost and other Christians. We have Jesus Christ living inside of us. WHAT A TREASURE! 
So, if I can leave you with this…. DON’T CORK YOUR CRACKS! Let God’s treasure that He has placed inside of you flow through you. Don’t get in God’s way. Don’t let fear, hopelessness, anxiety, self-image cork your vessel. We need to DAILY uncork our cracks. 
I pray that you would all be cracked and broken vessels that the Lord can use to share His treasure to others around you.

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