Day 12 Devo - Jars of Clay

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 4:7)

A jar beautifully crafted of finest gold would have great value in itself, even if it were empty. Not so with a cheap jar made out of clay. The only thing that makes a plain jar very valuable is when something valuable is stored in it.

We now live in frail, imperfect and breakable vessels, possessing no great value or beauty in ourselves. But when the light of the Gospel of Jesus shines in our hearts, we are made alive by the Holy Spirit living in us. We then become like plain jars of clay filled with priceless treasure. Though we're nothing much in ourselves, we have God's Spirit filling us, making us special jars indeed.

God purposely chose to put His Spirit in plain people so that others may see Him. The world notices this treasure in us only because clay jars command so little attention. In jars of clay, God's power and glory can be clearly seen.  The Bible is full of "clay" people who weren't much by themselves, but the Lord chose to reveal Himself mightily through them.  When the Holy Spirit filled them and empowered them, they were changed.  They became flood lights of the awesome glory and power of God.

We have looked briefly at some of the "clay" people in the Old Testament and how the Spirit of God filled them and worked in their lives. We will study many more examples of "clay" people in both the Old and New Testaments.

Point to Ponder:

Think about how the Lord has worked in your life since you became a Christian. Can you see that you are like a clay jar without Him?  Think about the treasure of His Holy Spirit that now dwells in you.  How has His all-surpassing power been seen in your jar of clay?