But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
We have this treasure. What treasure? ‘This’ is what is called an antecedent. It refers to something that was just talked about. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:6 to find what the treasure is: “God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Our treasure is the knowledge of the glory of God, revealed to us through Jesus. In other words, the fact that ‘you once were lost but now am found, was blind but now you see’ is your treasure. God has taken the blinders off that Satan put on and now you know Jesus, who is the ambassador or the representation of God’s glory. And He is in your life.
Our treasure is also the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, along with gifting from the Holy Spirit to carry out kingdom work. We each have been given gifts and are responsible to use them. We are to be good stewards of this treasure that has been given to us. It’s not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others and for the glory of God.
In jars of clay. Think about it: God has saved us. He put His Spirit and His power into us that, and according to Ephesians 1:19 it is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. The Spirit of the living God is inside of us. Let that sink in.
You think God would make us into superheroes or movie stars so people could pick us out of the crowd and say “I want her on my team,” because of our stunning features. But it’s not like that. God put His power, His Spirit, His glory inside of regular folk like us–clay pots. Clay pots from the greenhouse that you transplant flowers in and leave on the deck through all kinds of weather. Clay pots that break and get cracks in them. Frail and mortal people like us, with all kinds of quirks and weaknesses.
To show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. I don’t get to be the power broker to use when I need a good parking space or when I have the flu. The surpassing (exceeding, excelling, outmatching, abundant) power of God is for His purposes and for His glory, not ours. And He has chosen to use weak vessels like clay pots (us) to get His work done. If we were super stars, then we would say, “I did this.” Judges 7:2 puts it this way: “The Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over Me, saying ‘my own hand has saved me.’”
Clay pots, listen up: If you feel like God could never use you because of your past, or your shyness, or because you never did well in school–take heart. You’re exactly who God wants to use!
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