Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fragile Jar Clays

Clay jars have very little value of their own. Their essential worth depends upon what they contain. If they are left empty, they have no purpose for existence. However, if they are filled with gold, their value increases dramatically.

The body of a christian is compared to an ordinary clay jar and the precious treasure it contains is Christ. We have this treasure as fragile clay jars and are precious to God as dispensers of His life-producing Word. At the same time, we also carry the death of Jesus in our body, in order for the life of Jesus to be revealed in us.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

Since we have the Holy Spirit in us, we have the privilege of expressing His characteristics in every trial and suffering . Trials and troubles, in whatever form, are necessary for spiritual growth; without them we would not be able to exercise our faith or develop spiritual insight and strength. Just as it was necessary for Jesus to die, we too must die to self-love and become willing partakers of His sufferings, for we are called to also do that.

Fragile as I am, emotional wreak to some, but with Christ, I am a precious vessel! I am no longer viewed as just clay but I am now of worth and of value.

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