7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For 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. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.2 Corinthians 4:7-12
My personal understanding when reading this Bible passage is that the treasure in jars of clay is the spirit of God in us when we believe in Jesus as our savior—the same Spirit of God in all those who believe in Jesus as Savior and King. The jars of clay are our external appearances, our bodies.
This treasure is the reason why we can only be afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
God gives us this treasure to endure in our personal challenges and during the tribulation. With that, we should not fear because Jesus Christ lives in us.
- Be calm and kind-hearted to those who do not believe. But be firm and prophetic that those who do not believe may know the saving power of Jesus Christ to all humanity.
- Stand your ground and be a living witness of God’s power through your life.
Father in Heaven, grant me the gentleness to show your love and generosity to others. But, at the same time, please give me the confidence and the courage to speak the truth.
May my life be a living witness of your kindness, love, justice, and providence. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.