In this life that we're living, it is important that we recognize how
precious our lives really are. There are moments when we are tempted to
feel as if we have nothing special to offer, but that is not how God wishes
for us to look at ourselves. The Bible says that God has created mankind
in His image. When we look in the mirror, we should be proud of who looks
back at us because we are God's handiwork and the Bible says we are His
workmanship. I encourage you to be proud of who you are and always remember
who you belong to. Never allow the enemy to make you feel worthless or
unworthy to be called a child of God. God Loves you and cares for you and
you need to recognize and remember that. (Genesis 1:27) (Ephesians 2:10)
This is a good story that blessed my heart and I hope it blesses you as well.
I remember reading a story once about a man who was exploring some caves
by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of
hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled up some clay and left
them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued
the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.
As he strolled along the beach, to pass the time, he would throw the clay
balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could throw. He thought
little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a
rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone. Excited, the man started
breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.
He found hundreds of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he
had left, then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had
thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the
ocean waves. Instead of hundreds of dollars in treasure, he could have
taken home thousands, but he just threw it away.
You know sometimes, it's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe
even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like
much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we
discount it; we see that person as less important than someone more
beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the
time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.
There is a treasure in each and every one of us. The Bible says we are
fearfully and wonderfully made. I don't think he means just our physical
bodies. I think he means our spiritual selves, which are sometimes hidden
from others by the "earthen vessel." But if you take the time to get to
know that person, and if you ask the Father to show you that person the way
He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem
begins to shine forth.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 139:14-15 "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My
substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously
wrought in the lowest parts of the earth."
Psalm 139:17-18 "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how
great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number
than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee."
Jeremiah 31:3 "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I
Psalm 37:7-9 "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT YOU WILL BE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem178.htm
Today's Selected Testimony: HOW TO NOT STAY DEFEATED
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony146.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry