We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
The ancient clay pot was common, fragile and easily broken. It would have been odd to keep a treasure in something that could be so easily shattered thus risking the loss of the treasure within. The contrast here is between the power of God (the treasure) in the clay pot of humanity. To keep the treasure in us is both an act of faith on God’s part, weak as we are, and a promise that the life of God in us will be a light to others (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the refugees in Europe and in Hong Kong and those who serve them.