I wasn't sure if anyone was going to do a devotion today so I thought I would do one. If someone else was supposed to do one today, I apologise.
Devotion 5: We Are "Only" Human.
"For God, who said,'Light shall shine out of the darkness', is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;"
2 Cor. 4:6&7 (New American Standard Bible)
"For we all stumble in many ways..."
James 3:2 (NASB)
"Oh Lord, what is man, that you take knowledge of him? Or the Son of man, that you think of Him?"
Psalm 144:3 (NASB)
Speaking only for myself, although I suspect that this is true for everyone, I know that I make many mistakes on a daily basis. I want to do the right thing but so often I decide to do what I know isn't right. Maybe I see a cute young boy in the grocery store and take that second, third, or even fourth look. Or, often enough, it might not even be something related to my being a boylover. Perhaps I pay for my purchase at the grocery store and get too much change back and decide to keep it instead of being honest. Indeed, just as it says in James 3:2, "we all stumble in many ways", I know in my heart that this is true for me every day.
It's true that we who are Christians are vessels of the light of God, and it is also true that we are earthen vessels; made of clay, breakable and flawed. We are all flawed human beings who make mistakes and are marred in some way, probably many ways. And yet God is so mindful of us that He has chosen to put His greatest treasure inside of us. The greatest gift in the world, the greatest light of the world, placed in flawed and ordinary clay pots, so that the whole world will see His glory. To the world, and so often to our own selves, we look like something bad, but to God we are something greatly cherished.
Dear Lord, when I am feeling down because I know how flawed and human I am, please remind me of your great love for me and how I am a vessel of your light. Help me to always come to you, regardless of how I feel. I am no "mere" boylover who happens to be a Christian, but a child of the most high God. Thank you Lord for this life you have given me and for all that I am. In Jesus' name I pray...Amen!