Are You A Jar of Clay?

We have this treasure in earthen vessels (jars of clay), that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us
— 2 Corinthians 4:7

Clay jars were containers created by skilled potters who took raw clay, shaped and molded it as they desired, and then baked the clay until it was hard. They then painted, glazed, or decorated the jars for whatever purpose they had in mind. In ancient times, sacred scrolls or valuable documents were rolled up and placed inside a jar of clay and then hidden for safe keeping. The Dead Sea Scrolls were kept in jars of clay.

 If you are a Christian and you have low self-esteem, I want you to think about our text from 2 Corinthians 4:7. I am one of those who doesn’t think that low self-esteem is really the problem with society today? I think we need to have the right understanding of the way things are.

 First, I recognize that I am a sinner. But I also recognize that when Christ came into my life, He gave me value. He put His treasure in an earthen vessel, or in a jar of clay, which is my life. That is what our text is saying.

 And now, with new confidence and boldness, I have something to offer, because He has made me someone of value.

 A great writer can write on an ordinary piece of paper and suddenly it is valuable. A great artist can take a canvas and make a beautiful painting on it that is priceless. It’s not the paper that's valuable or the canvas. It's what the poet wrote on the paper. It's what the artist painted on the canvas.

 The apostle Paul knew that the value of the work he was doing for the Lord was not due to his own ability, but due to the power of God at work in him. He wrote to the church in Corinth, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:7).

 Our bodies are temporary housing places for the treasure God has given us, namely, “the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ”

 God wrote His name on you when you gave your life to Christ. He invested Himself in you. That's why you can make a difference.

 God wants to use you, and He has a place for you, a part for you to play, a seed for you to sow, a call for you to answer. God Bless!