The Jesus Factor
“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. (2 Cor. 4:5-7 THE MESSAGE).
The Story of Paul, a normal everyday man. Shows us that it is not what we look like on the outside or what we have that is important. It is what is on the inside. Do we have Jesus shining though our darkness? or are we empty and hollow? or cracked and broken?
If we are cracked and broken what is shining though those cracks? is it Jesus’ light? or is it darkness and pain? The Jesus factor is still having Jesus’ light shining though even in the midst of brokenness and pain.
“Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9)
“Kardia [Greek] translated heart: the heart; mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center; the central or innermost part; the essential or most viral part of something.” (The Mended Heart. pg. 47)
No Matter what people do or did, we can be like Paul and not lose heart. We just need to keep our mind set on Jesus. The more we do the more our hearts will follow.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:16-17)
“How in the world could any of this be described as momentary and light? It was because Paul gave less weight to people than to the Messiah who lived inside of him.” (The Mended Heart. pg. 47)
Verses and some quotes taken from The Mended Heart book by Suzanne Eller. (Chapter 2, pg. 46-47)
I hope y’all liked todays devotional!