There have been years when Iíve tried planting my flowers in decorative planters. I have found elegantly designed ceramic and glass containers in which to start my flower garden. However, those years my flowers turned out to be less than spectacular. Not receiving the aeration and drainage they required, the plants struggled. Still, it didnít really matter because the pots were beautiful to look at. Visitors admired the attractive design of the containers and didnít notice the puny blooms within.
Sharing the gospel can be compared to my efforts at container gardening. Simple, fragile clay pots produce the best flowers. A simple, humble believer is the best container for the sharing of the truth of the gospel. The message of Jesus Christ is glorious in itself. It is eternal. It is salvation. It is life changing. Believers certainly donít have to dress up the message. God doesnít need beautiful containers, fancy dress and practiced speeches to sell His message of life. Simple, heart felt truth produces glorious results. He uses normal people like you and me. Many times, we try to clean up the vessel. All this does is to detract from the all important message. If I am focusing on myself the listener will also focus on me and the message will be puny. As much as I would like to hide the soiled and chipped person that I am without Jesus; that is my testimony. It is in that person that the seed of the gospel was planted, took hold and began to grow. It is in that sad life that a miracle has bloomed.
Donít misunderstand. I believe that beautiful churches, lovely music, great speakers have their place in worship and in teaching. Many have made a decision to receive Christ in just such a setting. But, the individual believer who is humble and truthful delivers the message best. Share your own simple story, truthfully and lovingly. The resulting blooms may be far more glorious than any stained glass window.
2 Corinthians 4:7
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Names of God Ebook
Almighty God. The Creator of heaven and earth.
Our God is given names in Scripture
that describe the characteristics of His personality.