Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Treasure in Jars Of Clays

Tonight at LivingRoom we had a great Bible focus night. The theme was on seeing God in the mundane, ordinary and small things in our daily lives. I was struck afresh by the concept of us being jars of clays (things being of mundane value yet treasures).

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10)

The challenge was to impact people and make a difference in the mundane through touch, acts and words. One of the examples we were reminded of was how Jesus touched the lepers (someone deemed unclean) and made such a difference in their lives. I feel that we should certainly consider how this might shape our approach in life and ministry.

Some questions we were pondering as we went through the theme included:

o Can you see the deaths, divorces, job losses or changes, disappointments, surprises and successes on people’s faces and lives – and how do you make a difference in their lives?

o Have people been happy, sad, disillusioned, or gratified because you are in their lives?

o How do we see the extraordinary God in our ordinary lives?

o How do we represent the extraordinary God in our ordinary lives?

Would be interested in your answers!


Kel said...

Job loss has been a big thing for me personally over the past year, and it seems coincidental I'm on a contract role with a company that just did a downsize last week!

My aim in this short term role has been to bring a little magic to the lives of those on the immediate team I'm part of. From bringing a packet of lolly-gobble-blissbombs to a team meeting for a staff member who'd never heard of them, to wearing my red Dorothy shoes to work which sparked a conversation about "going home" and what that meant.

Nothing big or grand or hugely evangelistic - just simple but special moments of love, laughter, grace and hope for something other and better.

Kitty Cheng said...

this is amazing kel :)