Word of God… Jars of CLay


But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence
of the power may be of God and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV

The apostle Paul knew true success in ministry, but he also knew something about pain and turmoil.  During his ministry, he was hunted, imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and mocked.  His fellow Jews branded him a traitor, and he was often scorned or not trusted by his Christian brothers.  Paul faced the worst that life had to offer, yet he retained the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus.

Unfortunately, many new believers assume that the saving work of Christ in their lives will prevent them from experiencing times of trials and troubles.  Paul, however, disagreed.  In 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, Paul illuminated the pain often associated with discipleship.  Dispelling the illusion that Christians are spared hardships, Paul instead praised God for those times in which His power is revealed in human weakness.

In verse 7, Paul wrote about earthen vessels and the power of God.  The NIV translates “earthen vessels” as “jars of clay.”  The image here is of the unimaginable power of God being poured into fragile, cracked containers; you and me.

God’s glory is not revealed in spite of our brokenness, but rather through our brokenness.  Just as a cracked jar will seep water, so will the power of God leak out from our fractured lives.

Do not be ashamed of your “cracks.”  Rather, examine yourself to discover how God may be more fully revealed to you and others through your hardships.

Dear heavenly Father, let me realize that the “cracks” in my jar of
clay provide openings for Your light to shine through.  Reveal Yourself
through me today.


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