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)
The universe displays God’s awesome power. Scripture describes His holiness and perfection. The Gospel demonstrates His power.
God’s power is seen in the resurrection of Christ, which is amazing to us. Who has ever conquered sin and the grave? Only Jesus. And yet, resurrection is not a problem for God. He didn’t sweat the resurrection. As easily as speaking a word or two God exercised His power to raise Jesus from the dead.
Even Jesus spoke resurrection when He called out to the dead man, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ (John 11:43) The One who created everything out of nothing can resurrect dead bodies. It’s not a problem. The One who spoke a phrase and created light was not challenged by death. God is awesome in His power and can do whatever He wants.
What might be an even greater display of God’s power is how He has chosen to deliver the Gospel message to humanity. God has chosen to use people to reach people. He uses broken, sinful – yet redeemed people to carry the message of love and rescue to other people. That is an awesome display of power!
This what Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 4. The ‘treasure’ is the Gospel of the Kingdom, and it’s held in ‘jars of clay.’ We are the jars of clay. Ordinary, non-spectacular, vessels… we are holding and delivering the eternal message of God. As God continues to be victorious in this world, this tactic displays His power. This strategy brings Him glory.
In some ways, using human beings to deliver His message was more riskier than resurrection. There was no doubt Jesus would return from the dead. It was accomplished before it began. Using people? Only God in His power and sovereign confidence could do that. And so He did.
Thank You, Father, for using me to carry this Gospel into this world. Your power is on display and I pray that You receive great glory this day. I live for You.