“We now have this Light shining in our hearts,” Paul continues his letter to the Corinthian church, “but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

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One of the characteristics of a Christian, I believe, is a sense of wonder. We look around at what God has done in us and through us and we say “How did this happen to me? I don’t know why You chose me, Lord, but thank You so much for doing so!” We realize, to the extent of our limited capacity, what we are without Him. As the old song says, “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean.”

And He is going the whole way with us, too. He’s not just saving us from death; He’s determined to make us just like Himself, filled with His Light, directed by His Holy Spirit, living in His Power– even while we are yet on earth, living in these bodies of dust. We are granted the great treasure of a relationship with Him, hidden indeed inside the very ordinary people that we are.

This relationship, His Light shining into our lives will continue even when we are raised to life with new, eternal bodies and begin our new lives in Heaven with Him.

 

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