But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 1 Corinthians 4
i am that earthen vessel, that jar of clay. everything that i am is that fragile clay jar. everything – from what i see on the outside, to my physical strengths and weaknesses. from my achievements, to my shattered dreams. i am that uniquely crafted clay jar. i am uniquely made by His Hands.
if i focus on all that i am by the world’s view, i am nothing. i don’t measure up. none of those worldly things in the jar bring me real meaning, real value to my life.
i am that fragile clay vessel. like that earthen vessel, i am designed to hold something. i am His vessel and He fills me up when i turn my eyes away from myself, my focus towards Him. He fills me up with abundant life, His abundant life. and He fills me up with His Treasure, to pour me out.
like all clay pots, i have imperfections. i have cracks and chips. those cracks, those frailties. in my jar are there for a reason. so as i am filled, my Treasure seeps out, for all to see His Love.
i am that fragile jar of clay.