Potter and the Clay
2 Corinthians 4: 7-12
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
So in verse 7 what is the treasure they are referring to?
The good news of Jesus Christ. Vs. 1-6 The interesting thing here is where God chooses to store the good news.
“Jars of Clay” ostrakinois skeuesin is the Greek Word. Means Earthenware vessels.The noun skeuos refers to a vessel serving a specific purpose (such as a jug, cup, pan or pot). When used of people it often carries the sense of "implement" or "instrument. Common vessels, easily accessable for everyone
Clay vessels had the ability to hinder evaporation, keep things cool. Clay could be used for practically anything. It stored liquids and could be used in making utensils, griddles, plates, bowls, griddles etc.
It was a product that was easily moldable and once it was tried by fire was incredibly tough.
So why do you think God chooses to compare us with clay vessels?
There are so many uses for clay, regardless of it’s condition, in fact even broken clay was used for writing material, messages or receipts. Whatever state our earthly vessel might be in, God can use it.
So to be God's "vessel" is to be his instrument in carrying out a specific service--in this case, the gospel ministry.
I suppose I have gone through trials and tribulations in my life, particularly my childhood and even young adulthood, but everything that has happened to me has prepared me for this, right here, right now. And I am still learning. There may be many trials I have yet to face and it is not something I relish but I pray I am up to the challenge when and if it occurs.
I can’t believe He has chosen me, for anything, Do you ever feel unworthy of His mercy and grace and love?
If you do, you are not alone. I am in a constant state of Wow! Ever since I was selected as your pastor. I makes me work, study and pray harder than ever. That should be the desire of our lives to know we are serving a God who sacrificed everything for us, so it can make trials a little more bearable when we go through them, knowing Christ also went through them and did more than survive, He flourished, conquered and eliminated them.
Our earthly vessels were made by our heavenly potter.