BIBLE READING: 2CORINTHIANS 1:1-24
“But we have this Treasure in clay jars to show that its Extraordinary Power comes from God and not from us.” 2Corinthians 4:7(ISV)
Ordinarily the most unlikely place to hide your treasures or to even look for treasure would not be in a jar of clay because it is weak and breakable making the treasure likely to spill or get lost. However, it is amazing how God would still choose to put His Treasures in Jars of Clay, because that is how He Showcases Himself through us.
Apostle Paul in 1Corinthians 2:3 (NKJV) said, And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. A Jar of Clay is often imperfect yet is chosen by the Perfect God to reveal His Treasure. Also, the Clay Jar is weak yet God chooses to reveal His Strength through it. The King James Version of 2Corinthians 4:7 refers to us as earthern vessels through which the Treasure manifests itself – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the Power may be of God, and not of us.
The Treasure in the Jar of Clay gives the Clay the power with which and through which it remains relevant. The special characteristic of the Vessel/Jar of Clay is that the Treasure shines through it. Apostle Paul was an example of someone who seemingly had nothing yet had everything. He was the Jar of Clay and simply manifested the Treasure as we see in 2Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV); As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Though the Jar of Clay carries the treasure, yet the jar is completely yielded to the Treasure and to the Grace of God in order to manifest the Fullness of its Worth (Power), Beauty etc. Apostle Paul in 2Corinthians 12:6-10(KJV) said; For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My Grace is Sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the Power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Ask the Lord to make you a vessel unto honour that you may be fit for His use. Ask the Lord to showcase Himself through you.