07 Mar The Cracked Pot
The Cracked Pot
A water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One had a crack in it while the other was perfect. The perfect one always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house ,while the cracked pot always got home half full.
This went on daily for two years, with the perfect pot proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. The cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was only able to accomplish half of what it has been able to do. After two years of its perceived bitter failure, it spoke to the bearer one day on the way to the stream.
“I am ashamed of myself and I want to apologize to you”, the pot said, “why, what are you ashamed of?” asked the bearer. it said, “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack on my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house . Because of my flaw, you have had to do all this work and you don’t get full value for your efforts”.
The bearer said the pot should notice the beautiful flowers along the path to the house.”Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path? That’s because I have always known your flaws and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side and every day we passed, you’ve wanted them. For two years, I have been able to pick beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house”.
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But if we allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His father’s table. In God’s great ceremony, nothing goes to waste.
So, as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, allow Him to take advantage of them and you too can be the cause of beauty in His pathway. Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness, we find His strength and that “In Him, every one of God’s promises is a “Yes”.
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