Coming this Sunday, June 25, 2017
I’m not sure why but I’ve always been attracted to clay jars- especially old ones with Southwest decorations and the like. Interestingly enough, I have never actually used a potter’s wheel and attempted to make a clay jar. I do know, however, a clay jar is made out of the elements of the earth, water, sand, dirt, clay, tiny stones, grit, and many other things, I’m sure. A clay jar, then, in a very true sense, is God’s own creation.
This week we’re taking another look at a Life Lesson from the Apostle Paul. And in his writing to the church in Corinth, where many folks were a bit wrapped up in their own self-importance, Paul reminds them that it’s not about them at all! He proclaims that without God, God’s power, God’s guidance, God’s wisdom and God’s protection, they would not even exist, and that only God is the Creator, and they (we) are only vessels shaped and formed by God and used for His mighty purposes.
Have you ever heard that God is the potter and we are the clay? Indeed, the Apostle Paul knew that even though you and I are constructed from dirt (see Genesis 2.7) we are saturated with the powerful gifts and graces given to us by God. We are much, much more than whatever tries to harm us and/or hold us back.
Yes, we are God’s valuable treasure in clay jars!