Kintsugi

July 15, 2017
by Rod Marshall

What?

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing a broken piece of pottery using gold, platinum, or silver mixed with lacquer. I learned about it on the Internet.

Rather than throw away a treasured and precious possession, something that has a history and is valued, the Japanese, if they have the money and status, make a virtue out of a disaster. They have the broken pottery repaired. The result is that the pottery has a marble-like look with lines of gold or silver running through the design and making it not only functional again as an object but also valuable.

It struck me that this is what Jesus does with our lives here on earth.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)

For those of us still in the process of being healed, whilst we await our final redemption and our bodies to be made whole — maybe only in heaven — He picks up our broken and worn beings and puts us together again, because each one of us is treasured as we submit to Him. He does not erase our past but rather sanctifies it as we put it into His hands or lay it at His feet.

Of course, we are made totally new in our spirits with the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives, but for most of us, for the time being, we are undergoing a process of "then" and "now". We are being made new, having been transformed by life in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (ESV)

If you will, Jesus is the gold that holds our new lives together and makes a virtue of our broken lives. They are not to be discarded on earth, but rather to be treasured, valued, and held in honour because He first loved us. That value and honour becomes a part of who we now are.

So today, let us become vessels again for Jesus, as He holds us together. From the outside, let us allow others to see Him in the cracks, until we become owners of a body made entirely new!

Prayer: Father, it is a mystery how we are being transformed, and yet, we are still here on earth carrying on carrying on, seeing only dimly. As Your vessels, please fill us with Your light, joy, peace, hope, and intercessions. We ask You to hold us together again today to become useful for Your kingdom, in Your hands. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great reminder Rod. God bless.


    Thank you for this — your beautiful vision.


    Beautiful!
    Thank you so much.


    Dear Roderick,
    Thanks for this. It is a very encouraging thought.


    Thank you, Rod, for this devotional reminding us of our value through Christ Jesus. Blessings.


    Nice to see one from you Rod, a beautiful analogy. Thank you.
    God Bless and be with you and your family.


    Hi Rod
    Good stuff and a great lesson to remember!
    God bless.


    Hi Rod, This is very interesting and certainly is a wonderful parallel.
    It is also one more challenge for us to check for any unnoticed cracks that may have appeared
    Thanks.


    Always enjoy your messages and today especially. I have bits and pieces of broken china in dishes and drawers awaiting the proper glue to fix things so it seems that many of us like to refurbish former pristine treasures. Thanks for info re the Japanese way. I did not know that! May the touch of the Master’s hand continue to mold and form us as we seek transformation. I was born in Scotland so maybe it is a British habit we developed in difficult times!! (fixing things).


    Dear Rod,
    Thank you once again for your words that touch my heart. I have been struggling for years with things done to me as a child and how it makes me see myself. Dealing with a chronic illness that causes me pain 24/7/365. I struggle with self-imagine. The verses you refer to are highlighted in my Bible but sometimes I slip backward and need a reminder of how God sees me and that one day I will be whole and pure as God intended me to be.
    Blessings.


    Good analogy Rod!


    Great devotional. I believe that even though some of us think that we have “arrived” at perfection, the Holy Spirit continues to break through in order to “fix” us and make us ambassadors of Jesus.


    Hi Roderick
    Thank you for your devotional about the broken pottery, really good words.
    Blessings.

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