2 Corinthians 4: 7-10
7 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.
8We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
The supremely valuable message of salvation in Jesus Christ has been entrusted by God to frail and fallible human beings. Paul’s focus, however, was not on the perishable container but on its priceless contents. (Footnote from NLT)
Where I live, there is a lot of construction taking place all around me. Roads are being added and changed; buildings are being built and renovated.
Because of this construction, there are numerous detours that have to be taken. A great many of them take you out – of- the- way; only to bring you back to where the original road would have taken you.
As I was taking one of these detours…it struck me – How many detours have you taken in your life?
If you are like me, the answer to this question would be a few…Ok, a lot!
There are many decisions and choices that I have made that I would make differently if given the chance. The sad but real truth is – there aren’t re-dos.
In today’s verse, Paul is talking about the fragility of humans. How we are weak in body, but with the power that God gives us…we are strong. He compares us to fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
The treasure that is contained is the light of Jesus shining in our hearts.
I would like for you to imagine yourself in a dark room. No lights or windows…just darkness. You have two candles and 2 “clay jars”. One of the jars is perfect and has no flaws…it is perfectly sealed all around and the only opening is at the top. Now the second jar…it has been beaten up a little. It has several cracks and a couple of pieces missing, but it is still holding together.
Now imagine yourself covering each candle with one of the jars.
The jar that contains zero flaws and only the opening at the top (which is now at the bottom) will not allow light from the candle to escape.
The jar that is flawed – will illuminate the room because it will not be able to contain the light!
Wow…God knew what he was doing when he entrusted frail and fallible human beings with his great treasure!
We will be cracked and broken in this life…damaged and hurt, but with (and only with) the Power of God will we be able to “hold together”.
So back to those detours…!
Yes, we have all taken them in life. Often we have probably realized at the end…that was the “long way” and maybe the “wrong way”.
Luckily though, we serve and have living in us a God that knows we are weak in body and will make mistakes. He allows for the flaws to occur in our perishable bodies; because out of those flaws shines a brighter amount of his light!
So, if you have made a few detours, or perhaps you are on one right now. Don’t let it get you down or discourage you…The power of God is more than enough and don’t be ashamed of your chips and cracks…they only mean you will have the privilege of shining more light!
Don’t ever let Satan fool you into believing you have made too many mistakes, or strayed too far! For Satan holds this world, but he quickly forgets that Jesus has conquered it. Your body is a perishable container, but the spirit that fills it is eternal!
Praise God all the Glory to him!