But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
I remember making a clay pot when I was in 8th grade. To be honest, it wasn’t much. I didn’t even really put that much effort into making it all that nice. I was a typical 8th grade boy that wanted to get through the class, so I just did what was needed to slide by. When I brought the project home to show my mom, I don’t think I was prepared for her reaction. She was over the top ecstatic about it! She couldn’t believe my craftsmanship and the “uniqueness” of the pot. She went on and on about how creative I was and how she had just the right place to display it in the house. It made me kinda proud to create something that brought my mom so much joy. Maybe I just needed a different perspective.
In homes around the time Paul wrote this letter, there were many clay jars that were used for all kinds of things. They were used for washing, storing, carting things around…they were there in the thick of life. And, although they sometimes looked battered and used up, they literally carried life for whole households. There were other jars and pots in the house, but they were stored away looking pretty and not being used that often.
I wonder if, in this verse, God is trying to tell us that we are like these clay jars. These vessels made of earth, capable of carrying all kinds of different personalities, stories, talents, and experiences. And, while we are incredibly valuable, at times we are also very fragile. The craziness of life can break us at times, showing wear.
I wonder if God, in all of His goodness, doesn’t value us because of how shiny we are, or what we’re “used for,” but because of what we are made of. Because of who we are…His children. And, within us, He stores what is most precious: His love, His forgiveness, His kindness, His blessing. I wonder if it is this treasure that was meant to seep through the cracks of life and allow others to get a glimpse of.
I am convinced that God doesn’t use us to minister to children and families because we are perfect in any way. He used us to make a difference in others because we are making ourselves available through our everyday, ordinary lives to share this incredible treasure that lies within us. God has always used imperfect people to spread His incredible plan with others. Why? “To show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Be reminded today of your incredible worth! And, be mindful of the treasure you are carrying within you as you allow others to experience it as well!!