Words from the Heart for Thursday October 27th, 2016
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.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
Jars of Clay
Imagine hiding your most valuable treasure in a broken pot. It seems like an illogical place for valuables to be stored. Yet God puts his treasure in us, cracked lives, to show how confident he is in the security of his treasure. Thank him for his power to work in you today to reveal the glory of Christ despite your weaknesses!
When we think of clay we usually think of its use in the production of pottery. But common clays and shales are the principal raw materials available from Canadian deposits for the manufacture of clay products like common construction bricks, roofing tiles and drainage pipes. Almost all common clays and shales produced in Canada are used domestically. Common clays and shales are mined in most provinces of Canada. The chief source of stoneware clay in Canada is the Whitemud Formation in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. It is stoneware clay in Canada that is used for sewer pipe, flue liners, facing brick, pottery, stoneware crocks and jugs and chemical stoneware. Common clays and shales are mined from open pits using modern, surface mining equipment and then processed by crushing, screening, blending and conditioning, then firing and drying.
Usually, when someone has something valuable they keep it in something that will protect it well. If they want to display it publically they put it into a lovely display case. But as usual, God does things differently. Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 4:7: “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.” God is all powerful. He cannot be contained in His Creation and fills the universe with His Glory. But at the same time He takes up His residence in the human heart. The very frail human heart. The heart that so often falls into sin and wanders from Jesus. The One who taught His followers that He is the light of the world, and who by His glory reveals our sin, reveals Himself in us. Paul uses the term “fragile clay jars.” It is a powerful picture of the human heart. We all know how weak we are. We all know how ugly our sin looks. But by taking up His residence in us, God reveals His power through us. When we walk in victory it is because God has empowered us to do so. When we live a life that honours God, it’s because His power is being unleashed through us. Let the light of Jesus shine forth from your life today.
These have been words from the heart.