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"Common Clay Pots"

August 11, 2004

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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

Movie premiere. Limousines arrive. Stars in glittering evening wear sweep through the crowds to the waiting door as cameras flash. Who knows what lies behind the smiling faces – loneliness, fear, arrogance, immorality, emptiness? How often we try to maintain a glittering exterior while hiding what lies inside!

Paul takes an opposite approach in describing his apostolic ministry. He refers to himself as a jar of clay, a common clay pot – ordinary, weak, sinful, no glitter. Why? He wants his treasure, “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6), to shine brightly for all to see. That light can shine through the cracks in a common clay pot. No one will mistake the clay jar for the treasure. Everyone will see that “this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." Which do you prefer – a glittering exterior like a movie star with nothing inside or the marvelous treasure of Christ in a common clay pot?

PRAYER: Thank You, O Lord, for giving us the treasure of Jesus Christ, the Light in our lives. Amen.

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