Jars of Clay!
by Carol Yasin
What is your precious commodity? Is it some rare, red ruby, dazzling diamond or pristine pearl? Is it glittering gold or shimmering silver? Is it an ancient antique or artifact?
No, it is none of these.
It is Jesus, the Risen Lord.
And, when He resides in the hearts of transformed pots of clay, He truly is God’s most precious Treasure—and He should be ours, too. Think about it:In reality, the value of all the treasures down through the ages is dependent upon man’s estimation of them. Somewhere along the line someone decided refined gold ore would become a precious metal, suitable for making into collectible jewelry. Likewise, in past generations someone said “Look at that rock lying there in the dirt. See how it sparkles in the sunlight. And, see all the beautiful colors it emits when you hold it up to the light!”
But, in reality, gold is still nothing more than metal and diamonds are nothing more than refined, rotten vegetative matter that was transformed into coal before being changed into the polished rock now placed in necklaces and rings. Again, it’s the value we place on them.
Yet, such is not the case with “this Treasure in earthen vessels.” Why is that?
Simply because Jesus has His own intrinsic value as the Son of God and Savior of the world. In fact, even when He was “despised and rejected of men”. . .held in contempt and mocked by those who stood near. . .He still was King of kings and Lord of lords. And, only those who looked at Him through eyes of Faith would recognize Him for Who He was/is.
The same is true today.
Those who see Him as little more than a good teacher or sage prophet that lived some 2,000 years ago may marvel at what He said and did; but He has little bearing on their lives today. Those who look at Him as only a religious leader who began a new sect of believers are intrigued, but still unchanged by Him. Those who want Him as Savior—to grant them forgiveness and eternal life—but refuse to surrender to Him as Lord, only want what they can get from Him.
But, to those who recognize Him as God’s “most precious Treasure”. . .given to those who come to Him in repentance and childlike Faith. . .their lives are indelibly, irreversibly and eternally changed. And, for the rest of their lives they love and cherish Him more than anything else in this world. Are you one of them?
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)