Message of the Day: We Suffer, Yet We Do Not Despair!
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10, NKJV)
It was customarily to conceal treasure in clay jars, which had little value or beauty and did not attract attention to themselves and their precious contents. Here they represent Paul’s human frailty and unworthiness. His life is not one of glory and honor; it is one of continual suffering and trouble. Yet his faith never shaken. This shows that the absolute insufficiency of man reveals the total sufficiency of God.
How amazing that God should entrust the preaching of the gospel to poor, weak human beings! It seems estrange as well, that the priceless treasure of knowing Christ should be given to ordinary human beings, people beset by troubles and imperfections. It is like putting costly jewelry into an earthenware pot.
Just like Paul, our life is characterized by infirmities, suffering and trouble. Yet we do not despair. After all, if Christ suffered such things, his followers should not be surprised when they too suffer. But this same life of Christ in him turns these sufferings into victories. Such a life is worthwhile when it is the means of bringing spiritual life to others.
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