“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
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It looked like just an old crockery pot stashed away in an attic. But within that pot were found precious jewels of enormous value. The pot alone was worth little or nothing. It’s what it contained that gave it value. And so it is with you and me. Without Christ, we are worth only a few dollars according to the chemist. But redeemed by Jesus’ blood, accepted by the Father and filled with the Holy Spirit, our lives are of inestimable worth to the One who matters – God.
Now, though He could use angels to get His message across to man (and they would no doubt be more obedient and effective than humans), He chooses to use you and me. That would be laughable if God didn’t know what He is doing. He does know, and thus He places “this precious treasure (the divine Light of the Gospel) in frail, human vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be of God and not from ourselves.” (v 7 Amplified) Just ponder how it must look to the mighty principalities and powers of the universe: God’s ability to make you feel sorry for your sin rather than laugh about it; to repent and come to Him in spite of Satan’s opposition; to give you an appetite for His Word and the desire to obey it in spite of the devil’s temptations to draw you away; to use your witness to cause others to listen and be saved.
All of that is beyond the human. It shows off the power of God. So never limit God by paying undue attention to the old crockery pot of your humanity, which can only breed discouragement. Look instead to the Treasure – Jesus – within you and let God show off His beautiful Son through you.
“How I praise and adore You, gracious Father, for showing me that Your strength shows up best in my weakness. My greatest longing is that the Treasure within me – Your precious Son – will be seen by others and received as Savior and Lord.”