Jars of Clay

Have you ever thought of yourself as a clay jar or pot? Have you ever had a clay pot? Did it get broken? Did you attempt to repair it? Did you make it whole again?

I venture to say that none of us typically think of ourselves as clay jars. Be real! A clay jar is easily broken. We are much tougher than that. Are we?

We take offense quite easily. It seems to have gotten worse as time has passed on. Today’s culture is so easily offended that we are afraid to say anything. People have their feelings hurt when someone else doesn’t agree with them.

Hurt feelings. Depression. Anxiety. Fear. Anger. Hatred. All of these are signs of a broken person. They are a sign of someone who has forgotten to rely on God. They pointedly show us that we are broken jars of clay.

The word interpreted as clay can be interpreted as earthenware. Are we not earthenware? We were created from the dust of the earth and to the dust we shall return.

But notice what we carry inside us. We carry the treasure of God. We carry the gospel message. We carry the Holy Spirit. We have the power and strength of God at our fingertips. There is no reason for us to continue going through life as a broken jar. God can put us back together again.

I pray we all see that we are fragile when we stand alone. I pray we decide to lean on God for our strength and courage. I pray each one of us will allow God to make us new again. Know you are broken. Know everyone is broken. Know you carry a treasure. Know you carry Christ inside. Experience the power of God. Be put back together by Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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