The cracked water pot
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves…
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
There were two water pots which each served the same master. This was in a country where the pots had to go to the well to collect water for him. One pot was perfect and always gave the master exactly the amount it had collected. The other pot had a crack and so on the way back from the well some water would leak out, therefore giving the master less than he expected.
The first water pot taunted the second one because of this, which made the second water pot depressed. After some time the pot went to the master to confess that it was ashamed that it could not live up to his expectations.
‘Why are you ashamed?’ asked the master.
‘Because I am not giving you what you expect of me’ replied the pot.
On the next trip, the master went to the well with the cracked water pot. The master drew the pot’s attention to all the beautiful flowers that were growing on its side of the path.
‘Do you see all these beautiful flowers?’ the master asked. ‘They grow because I planted seeds there, which are watered by water leaking from the cracks in your pot. That is why I never commented on it.’
What do we learn from this story? Two things: the first is that we should not compare ourselves with others, and either put them down or feel negative because they appear to be better than we are. The second is that we are all cracked.
God is able to use our weaknesses to his glory in ways that we might not recognise, understand, or think possible. And of course, there will be a time when our weaknesses and those of everyone will be repaired so that we will be made perfect water pots; that time will be when the Master returns.
Dear Lord and Father, I want to thank you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you for loving me in spite of my imperfections. I look forward to the time when Jesus returns. In His name I ask this, Amen.
Study by Christopher Reeve
About the writer:
Christopher Reeve is a Minister and Assistant Pastor of the Blean
congregation of Grace Communion International
(called the Invicta Fellowship)
Blean Village Hall
Canterbury CT2 9JA
Saturday 11:30 am
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