Saturday, July 23, 2011

Treasure

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

"You may not have a lot of money, but you have incredible wealth. You may not have an abundance of things, but you possess more than you could ever ask or think. God has placed within you the greatest treasure anyone can ever possess—it is the life of Jesus Christ. You have, living within you, the beauty of His holiness, the kindness of His grace, the freedom of His truth, the compassion of His mercy, the greatness of His power, and the riches of His love. He has freely lavished upon you a treasure house of blessings that you can freely give away to others."          By Ron Lessin

I really needed to hear this today.  I needed to be reminded that the holiness of Jesus, His grace, His truth, His mercy, His power and His love are all inside of me and available for me to give to others.  Its not about MY personal righteousness (thank goodness) because I can't maintain it moment by moment.  Its not about MY grace because that only goes so far and then I start to judge others.  Its not about MY truth because I find my truth shifts to meet the needs of the moment.  Its not about MY mercy because its so imperfect where others are concerned.  Its not about MY power because I feel so powerless so much of the time.  Its certainly not about MY love because mine is conditional at best. 

But when I tap into the holiness, grace, truth, mercy, power, and love of JESUS that is inside of me in lavish amounts, its then that I can be a treasure house to those around me.  "In me dwells no good thing" according to Romans 7:18---that is, apart from Christ living in me by His Spirit.  He has filled me to overflowing with good things---blessings---to freely give to others.  I left my quiet time today feeling treasure filled, and looking for someone to lavish it upon...