“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
It isn’t us. We are not the source of the power within us. Jesus is the source, He is the source of Life, Hope, Grace, Joy, Truth, everything about our Faith journey. We aren’t the source and whenever we try to say we are, we fool ourselves.
One of my favorite things about the church we attended in Illinois, was the humility of our pastor. It wasn’t false humility either. He knew that he wasn’t able to do anything on his own power. It was all God. Our pastor believed God was calling him to a life of teaching and challenging others in their walk, so our pastor left a family business and began the incredible journey of leading and teaching. He has been doing it for over 39 years. He knows WHO has the power.
Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews from the Nazis in their home. Eventually Corrie, her sister Betsy, and their father were arrested. During very difficult times in the concentration camp Corrie and Betsy were trying to encourage each other. Corrie said to Betsy, “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.” It was God’s power that brought Corrie through her trials in the camp. God was bigger than the depths of the pit they were in during that time.
I think of the countless missionaries who felt God call them to another country. I think of the reasons they went, the situations they were in, the troubles and trials they faced. These men and women went because God called them. Not because they were amazing and terrific at sharing the Gospel. Many of the best stories I have read and heard were about those who were reluctant to go. God moved mightily through them. God did, not them.
I love the image of the jar of clay. Scripture doesn’t say, finest gold or beautiful jewels, it says clay. Clay, the simple material found in the ground, walked on, tilled, and used for building. It must be molded, shaped, and reshaped to fit the purposes of the Potter.
Isaiah 29:16 says, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? We need to remember WHO is shaping whom. God isn’t a tool for us to use. We are a tool to be used by God. We are to hold His power, pouring out His love through actions.
When we remember our place, we can remember what is placed in us. His “this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” It is from Him and Him alone; we just get to be a part of His plan.
I am grateful to be a part of this amazing plan. What about you?