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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jars of Clay

July 25

(Genesis 2:7 NIV) "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

(Genesis 3:19 NIV)  "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.""

(2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18 NIV) "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… {16} Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. {17} For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. {18} 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."

Jars made of clay are not particularly strong or beautiful, but they are extremely useful for storing many items like water, sugar, and flour. They are not valuable for how they look… they are valuable for what they can contain. Paul the apostle taught that we are like jars of clay, made to contain God’s Spirit for a season. We were not created just to be beautiful -- we were created to be functional. Our jar of clay is not all that valuable, but what’s inside our jar is priceless -- so valuable that Jesus would give His life for it. If we worship our jars of clay, we are worshipping the created rather than the Creator. We are placing a higher value on the container than on the contents. Jesus did not die on the cross so that our jar of clay would never crack, break, or crumble. Jesus died so that when our jar returns to the dust from which it came, the contents can live forever with God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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