I’m not okay. Neither are you. In fact no one is officially okay. We’re so not okay that neurosis was taken out of the abnormal psych books years ago. Neurosis is normal. Woody Allen should be proud. I had a conversation with an elderly gentleman sometime back who was telling me about old preachers of years gone by and what he remembered of them. So, I asked him “What will I be remembered as?” His response “A good preacher. Not right in the head, but a good preacher.” Yeah. But it’s true. I’m not okay. Neither are you. We’re all flawed in one way or another. That is what I like to call being a cracked pot. We’re all not okay.
Easter was just a few days back. The resurrection Sunday. The good news of the defeat of death and the forgiveness of sins. New life in Jesus Christ. Amen. Hallelujah and all that stuff.
And this good news is given to cracked pots like me and you. In fact, Paul writes
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surprassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
This treasure is the good news of the resurrection. The good news of Jesus. And these jars of clay? Well, that’s us. Us cracked pots that we are. And we cracked pots have been given this good news.
And this we live out in the light of the resurrection. Paul writes
“We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All of this is for your benefit, so that grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:14-15
The resurrection is for our benefit. And we,cracked pots that we are, live out this resurrection. We’re just cracked pots. We’re just earthen vessels. And we carry around this good news of grace and joy of Jesus. We carry it around in us. For those of us in Christ Jesus, we have this treasure. And we carry this treasure with us.
And the grace that we have reaches more and more as we live out our lives as cracked pots. We’re fragile. We have our flaws. We have our failings. And to be honest we break easily. But still, God chooses us to carry this treasure of the Gospel with us.
And it can be tough. It can be tough to be a cracked pot. It can be tough to follow God, to follow Jesus. We see all these other cracked pots around us. We see a bunch of people who aren’t okay. And we see suffering. We see pain. We see people being hurt by other cracked pots. And we wonder what’s going on. How can we handle this? How can we deal with this?
“Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
Don’t lose heart over it. That is one of the benefits of the resurrection–we are renewed each day in Jesus. Each day we are to die to our old ways, die to this life and be raised new in Jesus. Each day, problems come. But each day we can let those die and be alive in Jesus. And know where our help comes from.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
In other words, all that you’re going through, die to it. Let it go. Let it settle down and be dead to you. Don’t let it get the best of you. Instead be alive in Jesus.
As Paul writes
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
For what we struggle with now as a cracked pot, we will be able to live forever with our savior. As a cracked pot myself, I find comfort in this. The resurrection brings comfort and joy in knowing that we live it out each day. Each day the resurrection is true for us.
How can you live out the resurrection today? How can you live as a cracked pot in light of the resurrection? Live it today.