2 Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (NIV).
The Lord kept bringing this verse to my heart this week. I kept thinking “treasure”. . . “in jars of clay.” The King James says “treasure in earthen vessels.”
We have this treasure. . . in us. That’s what the Scripture tells us. Where did we get it? Who gave it to us? What is it? Why was it given to us?
So, I backed up to the third chapter of Second Corinthians, and I found:
8 “will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?9 If the ministry that brought condemnation [the Old Covenant, the law] was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness [the New Covenant]!. . . .12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.. . .16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord[Christ], the veil is taken away.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (NIV).
Then I thought, “Wow!” God, you have given us, through Christ and by the Holy Spirit, Your glory! You have placed it in us, in jars of clay, in earthen vessels! Your glory! When we choose Christ, an unveiling occurs, a liberation, a hope that gives us boldness! You give us transformation! Your glory transforms us into your image and the glory in us is ever-increasing! The King James tells us you are taking us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18)!
Why God? Why did you do this for us? God Almighty has seen fit to place His glory in us! Why? Let’s look. 2 Cor. 4 says:
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. . . . 13Since we have that same spirit offaith . . . 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 (NIV).
So, God has given us a way to face the times in which we are hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down. He is telling us that His glory in us will keep us from being crushed, in despair, abandoned, and destroyed. His glory in us will not allow us to lose heart! His glory in us gives us the victory! He has given us a way to come to the awareness that our troubles on this earth are momentary and light compared to the eternal promise we have in Him. He has given us hope. His glory in us, His guiding Holy Spirit, gives us eyes that see the unseen. Because of His hope in us, we can cast our eyes and hearts above the turmoil in this world. We can find a way out! We can see the eternal beyond the temporary trouble, and we can share it with those around us. . . to His glory.
If I sit and contemplate all that the glory of God – living in me, transforming me, reaching through me to others, working in others to reach me – provides and accomplishes, I am amazed. I can hardly fathom it! I know I am only getting a glimpse, and there is so much more to come! I am so thankful! I am in awe of a God who in all of His greatness and grandeur and glory, has seen me worthwhile enough, loved so much, treasured so highly by Him that He has placed His glory, His Spirit, His hope, His power in me. Words can barely express what He has done for us! When we receive His gift, we can never walk powerless or defeated again! When we receive His gift, we can be an answer and a help and a hope to a hurting world!
I can only say “Thank you,” and that is not enough!
Let us take hold of the gift He has given us and walk in the Glory of God,
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.