December 13, 2018 -2 Corinthians 4:5-6

You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6.

Have you ever watched a child, so proud of his abilities and accomplishments, we hear him say constantly, Look at me, Look at me!  This child wants acclaim from every one.  Some times children never grow up and learn the Red Sea Rule #2.  Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.  (From Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan)

The Children of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt, but their song of thanks and joy didn’t last very long.  Soon, Moses heard about every discomfort the people endured.  The grumbling and complaints made the journey last longer.  And seems much longer.  Complaining is an adult’s way of shouting, “Look at me!  Look at me!”  

Who brought us Light?  Our Lord God.  Light in our lives comes through being thankful and praising God. “Give God the Glory, and He will give you the victory!” 

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  Colossians 3:4-14-16.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, 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.