Hi! Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to really focus on talking about 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18.
Part of this chapter talks about treasure in jars of clay. While reading this chapter I started thinking about how when you buy a new piece of jewelry you put it in a safe place. Sometimes it comes in a tiny velvet bag and other times you put it in your own special box to keep it safe. But no matter how pretty the box is on the outside it’s what is on the inside that is precious and near to your heart. In this chapter when Paul is talking about jars of clay he is comparing us to jars of clay and the gospel as the treasure. Even believers make mistakes, lie, judge, gossip, and have some bad days. But even though we are imperfect God’s message is not. Sometimes people get so fixated on the packaging that they forget about the treasure.
As jar of clay we get to carry the message of the gospel and share of God’s amazing love and forgiveness. Although we are fragile and imperfect God chose US as his jars of clay. In this passage Paul emphasizes that although he is both ordinary and breakable he is in charge of sharing the gospel of Christ. This week let us draw attention to the the great treasure of the gospel rather than ourselves.
“7 But In this we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Thank you so much for reading! New blog post will be up on Monday!