I’m sometimes pleasantly surprised when I learn of the secret talents that people possess, especially when it’s close to impossible to guess based on their external appearances.
Like the young kid who can play a masterful guitar solo.
Like the pizza boy who can do amazing magic tricks.
Like the old serious professor who’s actually an accomplished chef too.
Or the timid girl in class who has a larger than life persona as a YouTube star.
All things that we don’t expect.
We don’t expect treasures to be inside simple jars of clay too right? Maybe inside a locked vault or a heavy wooden chest. (Or maybe somewhere unexpected…like cash stashed in a Jacobs biscuit tin!)
2 Corinthians 4:6-8
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair
We who are Believers in Christ are the jars of clay. On the outside we look simple, plain. Ordinary. But behold there’s treasure inside of us.
And that treasure is this:
The knowledge of the glory of Jesus Christ. And with that comes power – power from God and not from ourselves. Power that helps us withstand the hardest trials in life.
And that must be why these simple clay jars can withstand immense pressure (affliction, confusion, pain) from without and within.
Instead of looking at other sources for encouragement, may be we should be looking at what’s already inside of us!
More than meets the eye indeed.