What do you think of when you think of treasure? Gold? Jewels? Money? Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
If you don’t have a safe but want to hide something valuable, where would you hide it? Would you hide it in a beautiful ornate antique vase? In Paul’s day, people would hide their treasures in common jars of clay to keep from attracting attention to the treasure within. Thieves wouldn’t look too closely at a common household item that didn’t appear to have value. But the true value wasn’t in the container, but in the treasure contained within. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of 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 4:6-7) Here the jars of clay represent Paul’s human frailty and unworthiness. The idea that the absolute insufficiency of human beings reveals the total sufficiency of God pervades this letter.
The supreme valuable message of salvation in Jesus Christ has been entrusted by God to frail and fallible human beings. Paul’s focus, however, was not on the perishable container, but on its priceless contents–God’s power dwelling in us. Though we are weak, God uses us to spread His Good News, and He gives us power to do His work. Knowing the power is His should keep us humble and motivate us to keep daily contact with Him–our power source.
Our responsibility is to let people see God and His power through us, which Paul makes clear earlier in his first letter to the church at Corinth: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5) So how do we allow the power of God to shine through us? We spend time with Him, we ask Him for direction for His will in our lives and we make ourselves available.
Just yesterday I received the opportunity to meet new Christian women friends on Facebook, who are looking for Christian fellowship with other women. They both reached out to me because they follow the posts on my blog, which the Lord told me to faithfully post. Because of my faithfulness, He brought new friendships in my path. I’m certain that I need their fellowship as much as they do. I’m so grateful for His direction, His grace, and His loving hand as He directs us where He wants us to go. I am humbled and honored that He would use me as He sees fit for His purposes, to shine His light into the hearts and lives of others. For His Word says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thess. 5:11)