Paul says, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Cor. 4:7.  It is easy to forget that we are the packaging and His work is the treasure.  So we adorn our jars of clay taking credit for the things we do to serve Christ.  We seek to bring glory to ourselves when we’ve forgiven someone, or shown mercy, or given generously.  The problem is when we start seeking affirmation and praise for good deeds; we compete with the brilliance of the treasure of God working through us.

When we do things for Christ, it’s not about us, but about His glory.  The less obvious we are, the more brilliant He becomes.  Which is why, Paul says, the treasure has been put in jars of clay so that God would be the one to be glorified.  Besides, since when are jars of clay significant? It what‘s inside that counts! By Joe Stowell

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