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JARS OF CLAY
8 July 2019

The apostle Paul's understanding of resilient ministry is summed up in 2 Corinthians 4:7: ‘But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.'

Here is the great paradox of the Christian life: God has placed His treasure (the life of His Son communicated to us by the Spirit) in the hearts of weak and fallible human beings. God's treasure is wrapped in our humanity. This seems to be a risky strategy, but human weakness in its many expressions is no barrier to the power of God.

The imagery of jars of clay, or earthen vessels, reminds us that as human beings we are made of dust and therefore are inherently weak and fallible (Genesis 2:7, 3:19). This may be a reference to the small pottery lamps, cheap and fragile, that were readily available in Corinth. More likely it is a reference to the earthen ware jars that were commonly used for storage - rough, unglazed, without decoration and easily chipped or cracked. Roman generals returning triumphantly from their campaigns would often conceal their plunder in such unlikely containers.

During World War II the King ordered that the crown jewels be hidden away to stop them falling into enemy hands. They were placed in a secret fault under the floor of Windsor Castle, the location known only to a handful of trusted people. Some of the main jewels were removed from the collection, wrapped in cloth and placed in a biscuit tin for even safer keeping. A double bluff, and typically British!

That is what God has done by placing the light of the Gospel in our hearts, a most unlikely place to find the power of God at work.