A HUMBLED, THANKFUL, LITTLE CLAY JAR

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of the darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.                – 2 Corinthians 4:5-7

It is the gospel of Jesus Christ – the all-surpassing power of God’s love to conquer the power of sin and death, shame and brokenness of every sort – that we as Christ’s followers preach.

It is this all-surpassing power of God’s eternal, unlimited love and His outrageous, unthinkable sacrifice of Jesus in order to bring us to Himself, that puts me on my knees, literally and figuratively, in awe of my God. In awe of my God’s intimate and sovereign love. God’s love that changes everything. God’s love that has changed me and my entire life. It is this all-surpassing power of God’s love that brought my life out of the darkness of crippling abuse and self-hate and into the glorious light that shines in the face of my Jesus.

And God has chosen to place His all-surpassing power – the knowledge of His grace and truth and love given through Jesus Christ – in me, a frail, flawed and finite human being. God’s eternal treasure has been placed in me, in all of God’s children, by His eternal Spirit.

Amazing. Incredible. And I am one very humbled and thankful little clay jar.

Do I get this, do I really get this? Do I grasp at any real level of truth that our Almighty God has not only bled and died on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins and destroyed the power of death through His resurrection, but that our Almighty God also pours out His all-surpassing knowledge of these truths into us? And we – by God’s all-surpassing power and with the light of knowledge we have been given about Jesus – are to be the vessels, albeit clay jars, that our God uses to preach the gospel of Jesus to all the world!

Amazing. Incredible. And I am one very humbled and thankful little clay jar.

And Paul, in passionate and humble clarity, makes sure it is understood that we, the clay jars, are not preaching ourselves or about our ability to be righteous or holy or even to be loved by God because of something we have done. No. We are just servants of our fellow brothers and sisters on this earth, offering the light and the knowledge and the all-surpassing power of the glory of God that is made known through our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

The clay jar is only a vessel. It is the Master Potter, the Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth, who has formed us for such a task, fills us with the message we are to share, and pours out of us what He has placed within us – the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ! And all of this has come to all of us through the all-surpassing power of our God! Amazing. Incredible. And I am one very humbled and thankful little clay jar.