The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4 that we are jars of clay who hold a valuable treasure….the Gospel message. In Paul’s day, clay pots were for the ordinary people, of not much value and quite fragile. To consider ourselves in this way is the antithesis of contemporary humanity where we are encouraged to be someone and to make our claim for independence and self-worth. But when we are talking about our witness as believers, Paul reminds us that the focus is not to be on us, but rather, quite the opposite. We are to reveal the power of God and we best do that by always pointing to Jesus. It’s not about us. It’s never about us. The treasure that we carry of course is the beautiful message of the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. Treasure in jars of clay indeed!
Paul also speaks of the challenges in sharing the Gospel, and notes that some people cannot see the truth because their eyes have been blinded by the ‘evil god of this world’. This is as true today as it ever was. I wonder, is the ‘god of this world’ the elevation of the self? Such a person sees no need for God and rejects our claims for truth. Paul warns against falsifying the Word of God in an attempt to win people to Christ. We must present the full Gospel regardless of the response and leave the outcome to God. We pray of course, that people will see the light – God’s glory shining in the face of Christ!
Leo Newell (June 2018)