“We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power would be of God and not of us. (2nd Corinthians 4:7)” Simply said, God has put a treasure inside this broken vessel (me) that He can use for His good. He chooses imperfect people because He receives the glory. After all, who would believe that I could, on my own, do anything of significance.
I have thought a lot about Mary Magdalene and was inspired. My thought was this: the death of Christ and His resurrection were the most monumental moments in all of history. God, the Father, watched His beloved, beautiful Son die a horrid death. Jesus not only died, he took every sin ever committed onto Himself and carried the weight of it. Unfathomable!
And then He rose! Oh what joy they must have both felt. Reunited, sin and death defeated, mission completed. His rising was an event that was deserving of trumpets and angels to make the announcement. Yet this is not how it happened. Instead, the very first person to announce to the world that Jesus the Son of God had risen was Mary Magdalene. Who was she? Demon possessed, outcast, the lowest of sinners saved by grace. In the middle of history being made, God placed Mary Magdalene in the spotlight. She became part of history.
It is God’s desire that even the most insignificant of His children (yes, even you and me) be used by Him to make a mark on the world. Why? Because when He uses imperfect vessels to perform His perfect work there is no question in anyone’s mind where the credit should go…to Him and not us. So my friend, take heart. All you or I need to do is to be available and willing and God will use us. We can make a difference in this world for the Kingdom of God. And when it happens we will say, “To God be the glory!”