Letting Jesus Live Through Us
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us . . . (we are) always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
(2 Corinthians 4: 7 & 10)
How are you letting the life of Jesus be made visible in your body?
I love Paul’s imagery in this passage. It is of a body that is a “clay jar”. It is of a body that is afflicted and perplexed (in verse 8). It is persecuted and struck down (in verse 9). The imagery is how I often view myself; challenged, struggling, but with God’s help able to be courageous in the midst of the struggles.
That, for me, is ultimately a gift. I don’t face the challenges of the moment alone. I get to face them, holding hands with the One who called me into being. For sure, with each day, I am learning how to be faithful. I am learning how to follow.
Some days, my steps with God can be strong and bold. Many days, by steps are weak and occasionally fearful. But I walk on, holding hands, trusting in the God who calls.
Thankfully, I get to walk with others whom God has called. We are placed in a Congregation of believers. Currently our tribe (United Methodists) is in the midst of our own challenges over disagreements about different issues facing us. Sometimes I wonder if in our disagreements, we have forgotten to allow “the life of Jesus to be made visible in our bodies?”
We are living in an incredibly divided world. Our political discourse has been sharp. We see the world differently. I sometimes wonder if we take more seriously the news sources we are committed to more so than the gospel? Have we forgotten how to allow “the life of Jesus to be made visible in our bodies?”
We are watching the pain and devastation of racism lived out before us in how our Asian and Black brothers and sisters are being devalued. This is wrong. It is hurting the soul of our nation. Have we forgotten how to allow “the life of Jesus to be made visible in our bodies?”
So today, I hope to stand, with fragile legs, hand in hand with the One who called me into being, to be a voice for hope; to be a voice for wholeness in God; to stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ to call for justice to flow through our land for all people, so that together we can allow “the life of Jesus to be made visible in our bodies.”
Gracious God, teach us how to be your people. Teach us to live with the love and grace which comes from you. Give us the courage to stand up for what is right. Give us the courage to be witnesses to the justice you yearn for in this world. Help strengthen our feeble and fragile bodies, so we can be the witnesses you need us to be for our world today. In the hope Jesus offers us, Amen.