Paul described the Gospel as a priceless treasure stored in “jars of clay”—insignificant servants who hardly seem up to their holy calling. In this message, Tim Savage helps us see that this paradox forms the foundation of Christian service. God, he reminds us, often uses challenges and afflictions to point out our weakness and remind us of his power. As we embrace our limitations, we will find the light of Jesus shining brightly in us and through us.
6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you.
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