I love the fragrance section of department stores. It always smells so good. I got a new perfume for Easter. I mistakenly dropped it and watched it smash into pieces.
It was broken.
With glass all over the ceramic tiles, I tiptoed around to clean up, but the unthinkable happened- I stepped on a splinter and it cut through my foot! I tried to Amid the broken glass pieces, I perceived a beautiful fragrance from the spilt perfume. This scenario confirmed a life truth to me.
The glass splinters were evident to all, but I alone bore the pain from the scar. With the pain came the beautiful fragrance of the perfume, just as darkness looks thick and unimaginable, but light penetrates it and burst forth.
The content is different from the container because all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge are hidden in Christ. We enjoy the fragrance of Christ, but He bore the pain from the scars alone. God views us as the fragrance of Christ among saved and unsaved. He has shone light into our heart – A light of the knowledge of glory of God in Christ.
The paradox of earthen vessel with heavenly treasure is unimaginable, but through it, the excellence of the power of God can be seen in us, not just our person.
The fragrance was pure and expensive but the vessel was ordinary. So do not look at me, otherwise, you will miss the point!
And while He was in Bethany, [a guest] in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining [at table], a woman came with an alabaster jar of ointment ([a]perfume) of pure nard, very costly and precious; and she broke the jar and poured [the perfume] over His head. (Mark 14:3)
God is seeking to perform daily surgical work in our lives. The surgery is from inside out, not from outside in. You will notice that at times, our outward man (Flesh) is not in harmony with our inward man (Spirit); both are at constant war.
The Lord’s life is confined in us, but it needs to flow out….
There can be no flow without a breaking of the vessel.
Brokenness is not pleasant to the soul. The inward man (Spirit man) cannot express itself, as it must go through the outward man (Flesh) and there is a great struggle to accomplish this. The capabilities of the inner man are trapped until the outward man is broken.
However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Faced with the difficult situation where our precious treasure is trapped in earthen vessels, we need to create a flow for the treasure in us by:
- Cultivating a pure spirit
- Cultivating a release of the inward man
- Cultivating the scars, do not waste the pain of the scars
- Cultivating a flow of your gifting and potentials to others
- Cultivating a brokenness of the outward man. Though the treasure is in the earthen vessel, only brokenness can lead the way to blessings, abundance and fruitfulness
In the process of brokenness…. the box will splinter; glass will fly around, there will be blood from the wounds, because…
No life manifests more beauty than the one who is broken.
PRAYER: LORD, I surrender all on the altar, cut a way through me so that men may find a way to you!