JARS OF CLAY

2Cor. 4:7 ¶ But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

God uses some really unusual people. Just think about His choices; farmers, fishermen, priests, murderers, harlots, adulterers, tax collectors, doctors, academics. The list is rather comical. It seems that He has set out on purpose to show that His works are all about Him and little or nothing to do with the messenger. This makes the treasure even more special. We have the treasure in insignificant vessels. Recognizing the greatness of the treasure and the insignificance of the vessel is the beginning of actually being able to be used by God.

There is way too much talk about esteeming yourselves and your giftings . Really? Do you actually think that anything in us can qualify us to be a carrier of the treasure of the Holy Spirit. It is all of grace. This is Paul’s thought on this from 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 ‘But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.’
Matthew Henry describes the blessing of God’s glory being seen in weak vessels.
“And God has so ordered it that the weaker the vessels are the stronger his power may appear to be, that the treasure itself should be valued the more. Note, There is an excellency of power in the gospel of Christ, to enlighten the mind, to convince the conscience, to convert the soul, and to rejoice the heart; but all this power is from God the author, and not from men, who are but instruments, so that God in all things must be glorified.”
What an amazing thought. The Lord uses the power He has placed in jars of clay to do His work. What is His work? He enlightens our mind, convinces and convicts our conscience, He converts our soul, and rejoices people’ hearts. God’s work is amazing. It is amazing in what He accomplishes in people who receive His word. It is even more amazing to see who He uses. If you happen to be one of His chosen jars of clay, just bow before Him in worship. How else can we respond to the privilege of being a conduit of His love?

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