“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”- 2 Corinthians 4:7

One of the central themes of the book of 2 Corinthians is human weakness.  In the ancient world in which the apostle Paul is writing earthenware, or jars of clay, were brittle and easily broken.  It was also a common metaphor for human weakness.  Yet God triumphs in spite of human weakness.

As believers we are members of the priesthood of believers and have a part in ministry.  We may not be in the pulpits or writing commentaries, but we may be ushers, greeters, or website technicians.  No job is to small when it comes to advancing the Gospel.  The Gospel is not a product of human ingenuity, and yet God lets it be spread by men of clay.  The question is are we willing to allow God to break our jar of clay so we can be reconstructed into something stronger?  Are we willing to put him first, seek his face, and allow him to work through us so his message can spread?  The success of ministry relies on how much we point to the glory of God.  If we point to ourselves we will do it a great injustice.

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