In a world filled with darkness, hate, and death, God is Light, Love, and Life. Jesus Christ’s disciple, John, wrote to those who had fully surrendered their hearts to Christ when it could have cost them their livelihoods, if not their lives. His message is just as applicable for us today. Similar to an electrical outlet, God desires that we experience three connections in order to transform the lives of those we encounter.
First, God connects with us in Christ: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1). Jesus Christ the Expression of God walked the earth to teach anyone who would wholeheartedly seek Him. Every word He spoke was priceless. Our first step to a lost and hurting world is not toward those around us, but directly toward God. In that intimate connection, He shapes our hearts to be like His when we are clay in His hands. CLAY means we: Confess. Learn. Apply. Yield.
In a 120-volt electrical outlet in the United States, the right vertical slot is the hot, or live wire, where the electricity flows into that which is plugged in to the outlet, a picture of God connecting with us in Christ and providing us the electricity of the Holy Spirit.
Begin each day connecting with Christ by being CLAY. Confess your sins. Learn wisdom by reading a chapter a day in the Bible. At this pace, you can read the entire New Testament in a year. Pray to your heavenly Father before you read, “Please prompt me with what you want me to know, do, or change.” His Holy Spirit will energize you for the priorities that matter most to Him. Apply what you learn. Yield the outcomes to Him.