God's Competence in a Clay Pot
Hear God's Word for you in 2 Corinthians 4:7. "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."
Your Father wants you to be completely whole in belonging and worth, in identity and legitimacy. Be blessed to know without question what a treasure you are to him. Be blessed to live as the special treasure you are. As you know who you are, you will understand the "why" of what you do. Be blessed with knowing your purpose and the specific blessings that God has stored up for you.
Be blessed in the name of the One who is all-surpassing power. Be blessed with knowing experientially that Jesus is the "how" of everything you are and do. Paul asked the rhetorical question, "What do you have that you did not receive?" (1 Cor 4:7). And the answer is nothing. God is your competence (2 Cor 3:5). Be blessed with knowing that it is "not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit," says the LORD Almighty (Zech 4:6). You can be confident, knowing that apart from him you can do nothing (John 15:5), but in him you can do everything (Phil 4:13).
You can be confident in the core of your being in following God's will, not your own; in speaking his words, not your own; in doing his work, as he does his work of intimately revealing himself. Thank God for your God-given competence, but don't allow your competence to become your identity. Be blessed with healing in your deepest doubts and your deepest wounds of identity, so that you do not have to strive to prove that you are worthy, legitimate, significant, and deserving of honor.
God designed you for some unique good works in Christ (Eph 2:10). There are some things he placed you in the world to do that you can do better than anybody else, because of who he designed you to be. Be blessed in everything he designed you to be to fulfill his purpose on the earth. As you align yourself with who God designed you to be, you will be fulfilled, and the world will be blessed.
Be blessed in the name of the One who is your all-surpassing power (2 Cor 4:7).
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