The Inside Column 21/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 22, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

We welcome Nathan and Rosey to our services this morning. May we continue to pray for them as they prepare for their overseas mission work.

Phillip and Greta arrived home on Thursday and we look forward to hearing about their time in England.

Our mini series on Evangelism has certainly kept my mind busy as I have sought to understand the meaning of the Parable of the Sower and also what it means to be salt and light in the world. When we think of Evangelism we can feel inadequate for the task and yet as Christians we have the joy and responsibility of sharing the Good News and telling of the hope, love and grace we find in our relationship with Jesus.

A water-bearer had two large pots hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One pot had a crack in it while the other was   perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house the cracked pot always arrived half full. That poor pot was ashamed of it’s imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half what it was made for.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure it spoke to the water-bearer down by the stream. ” I am ashamed of myself and want to apologize to you. I have only been able to deliver half my load because  this crack in my side causes water to  leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws you don’t get full value for your efforts.” The bearer replied, “Did you  notice the flowers on your side of the path and that there were none on the other? I have always known about your flaw so I planted seeds on your side of the way and every day as we walk back from the stream you have watered them. Without you being just the way you are there would not be these beautiful flowers with which to decorate the house.”

This tale illustrates that something does not have to be perfect to be useful. In the same way we do not have to be perfect for God to use us. In spite of our imperfections, by His amazing grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit we are  able to be effective witnesses.

Blessings to all,



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