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We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (TPT)
I am not a wealthy person, but when I have something precious to me I choose carefully where I store it. Whatever the choice of receptacle, I usually hide it because I don’t want anyone to find it.
Some people hide treasure in a safe or in a vault in a bank so it is hidden from view. I see the wisdom in that.
But I also recall in days gone by that some people would hide cash under stair treads or in flour or sugar containers or even in nondescript freezer containers.
I was taught treasure was to be hidden, kept from sight. I see that played out in Tolkien’s epic work and hear the lines echoing, “My precious.”
The God above and over all, with all the wealth I can imagine has a different plan.He hides treasure in the common clay jars of you and me.
He risks it all by depositing within us, the broken and common, the power that most of us would keep locked away so nothing could impact it negatively.
Even though mankind fell and broke our part of the relationship with Him, He loved us enough to send One (Jesus) so our debt could be paid and the relationship restored.
He knew we would continue to make mistakes, sin again, and not reflect Him as He is and yet He still chose you and me because our cracked earthenware allows His glory to shine more brightly.
God hides his treasure in plain sight where others would least expect.
Dear Lord, I am just a clay jar with more than a few cracks marring your original design, but how blessed am I that you chose to place your treasure within me. That choice makes clear any power that is evident must be Yours, not mine. How wise you are and how humbled I am. Thank you.