• Cracked Pots Held Together with Divine Gold

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of September 18, 2022

    Cracked Pots Held Together with Divine Gold

     Likening church workers to cracked pots may seem offensive, given that calling someone that may result in a crack of its own. But I will risk it because I think it suggests a wonderful and authentic identity. Here is a scriptural reason:

    We have this treasure from God, but we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This is to show that the amazing power we have is from God, not from us. We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. So we constantly experience the death of Jesus in our own bodies, but this is so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies. We are alive, but for Jesus we are always in danger of death, so that the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies that die. So death is working in us, but the result is that life is working in you (2 Cor. 4:7–12 ERV).

    Have you heard of Kintsugi? No, it’s not related to gesundheit. It’s the centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold! The result is something even more beautiful than the original pottery, since it now glistens with graceful golden repairs. (When you’re done reading this, check out more on this art.)

    Now doesn’t that describe you and me? Are we not the result of the centuries-old art of repairing broken lives by God? He starts off with people broken by sin and mends them with the faith gracefully applied through the artistry of the Holy Spirit, not with just any glue but with divine gold of Jesus’ sacrifice—and victory! Not only does He make us new, but He makes us more beautiful than we started out. God declares that we are righteous in His sight. Now get out there and sparkle!

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    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D. (Special thanks to Teacher Erin Rodgers for the lead on this topic.)
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2022 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Easy-to-Read Version ERV®

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