For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of the darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6-11
THIS TREASURE ~ Awesome!
As I have taken time to reflect on this passage ~ I am awed. Therefore, be awed as I have been and take a few moments to meditate on this simple truth, “this treasure” ~ spoken from the Apostle Paul about the Creator of the universe and ponder the vastness of its implications on the life of a Christ~follower.
God, and in all his glory has entrusted into us as frail and fallible earthen vessels the power of Himself ~ Christ. When the Apostle Paul spoke these words to the Corinthian church his focus was not on the perishing container, our physical body ~ but on the priceless contents of God’s power dwelling within us.
Though we are weak, afflicted, perplexed and struck down on this side as a fractured people living in the midst of a fallen earth, God will and does use us to spread the Good News; the Gospel of Jesus Christ ~ because it is He who gives us the power to continue and do His work. It is not us who can muster up the power and if we think it so, we have deceived ourselves. Paul exhorts us to remember that though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never without hope. Our bodies, which are perishable, are always subject to suffering and sin. God has not abandoned us. Through it all ~ risk, suffering, loneliness, humiliation, trial and even death ~ these precious seasons remain but as a steppingstone, an opportunity for Christ to demonstrate his power and presence in and through us. It is because of Christ, his victory over death on the cross and his resurrected
life ~ that we possess a hope in a life eternal that ends with a sanctified life of purpose on this side but begins in a glorified one on the other side.
Heaven, my friend, is our real home!
Photo: My beautiful, Sierra ~ a good friend’s daughter and at a young age, treasures Jesus!