Jars of clay
Jars of clay
2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
However, we possess 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 from God and not from ourselves.
We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.
Sometimes the world looks at Christians as hypocrites because their lives do not conform to what they represent. Although we as Christians should align our lives to biblical principles frequently we slip up due to our frail human nature. When this happens, instead of being quick to point a finger, we need to remember that we are earthen vessels which carry the power of God's kingdom. Jesus said to take the beam out of our eyes before we point out the speck in our neighbor's eyes. He told the pharisees who were ready to stone the adulterous woman, he who is without sin cast the first stone. We are earthen vessels as the verse points out. As earthen vessels we are flawed carriers of God's glory. As each one of us is uniquely created, we may also have different weaknesses. We need to encourage each other and build each other up as the scripture commands us. As someone said God used cracked pots or scripturally speaking " the vessel that was marred in the hands of the potter, He made into another vessel. The book of Jeremiah speaks of God being the potter and us being the clay. God sometimes fashions flawed clay into a vessel to carry His glory. In closing, instead of focusing on each other's earthen vessels, let us focus on the glory of God that is in the vessel. We ought to look at one another as glory carriers. After all it is Christ in us the hope of glory. Amen.