“But 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
Many a times, you may think of yourselves as weak, inefficient, useless and fit for nothing. But how often have you realized that God has placed a great treasure in you? Here Paul is talking of a great treasure - the knowledge of glory of God.
True, we are earthen vessels. That means we are fragile and can be broken easily. We are liable to any accidents and mistakes. There is nothing in us that will guarantee our strength and perfection. In spite of our weaknesses, gracious God chose to place this great treasure in us.
The purpose of placing this treasure in us is not that it should be hidden. Matthew 5:15 says, “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” We are to proclaim this treasure to the rest of the world.
Imagine costly diamonds are placed in a closed earthen jar. Can anyone see these diamonds? Not at all, unless the jar is broken! Similarly, friends, unless our self and flesh are broken, it is unlikely that anyone would ever be able to see the great treasure hidden within us.
- Sunitha Justin