Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14
In Paul’s day, merchants sold pottery under signs which read: sine cere” (without wax). This was necessary because some dishonest merchants would rub beeswax into the cracks of damaged pottery and sell it as flawless. Honest merchants would advertise “without wax” thus inviting prospective customers to inspect it closely.
Paul says in II Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.”
At times situations arise which can cause “cracks” in our vessels. When this happens we have two options. The first, take it back to the potter (read - creator) for repair. The second fill it with beeswax (read - ignore, rationalize, lie to self or make excuses.) The problem with the beeswax of the world is that it fails to address the cause of the crack(s).
Never forget, when God does a work of healing, He makes you sine cere – without the beeswax of irresponsibility. He invites all to bring their brokenness to Him for repair and restoration.
This repair and restoration process begins when you take personal responsibility for your cracks and chips.
His invitation of restoration is to you. Your answer to Him will decide the condition of your vessel.