Jars of clay are weak, they are fragile and break easily. They were not designed to withstand long drops or bumpy rides. Not without some kind of internal force keeping them together, holding them steady and stable. So we conclude that they were intended to contain things. Their function is simple, its humble structure would display no beauty alone and empty, but its purpose is held inside, with a great fragrance of destiny meant to be shared, between the vessel and its precious cargo.
Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians and used clay jars as an example of how we are to reflect the function and purpose of this simple age old technology.
2 Corinthians 4:1-2a
Therefor, since though Gods Mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception nor do we distort the Word of God. On the country by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every mans conscious in the set to become the best, the brightest, the perfect performer we envision we shall become in the future. We may not have obtained the required resources within ourselves at this time. Under qualified and under funded with the merger means of our world view for the task at hand. Regardless! It is because of Gods great mercifully plan to use imperfect saints to sow seeds in perfect sinners. Christ chose us for HIs great work, to accomplish great things for His Name sake.
Just like Satan in the garden “He didn’t really say you couldn’t eat form this tree…” manipulation. Its the truth we believe the lies of this fallen world, that are pulling us down with it. Into a pit of self drought, self pity, and questioning our purpose and worthiness of a calling to victory. A victory we have already been given at the cross.
Its simple, so present it as your simple truth. As we live each day with this goal in mind to live, speak, and demonstrate the Truth, our lives and the lives around us will become more fulfilled, more fruitful, and spilling over the shallow sides of our clay jar.
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.
You are a vessel simple and empty, so am I, and its the same old garbage in and garbage out. But you have a better option; you have the capacity to be filled with power, might, passion, grace, beauty and a wonderful God who is generous in all ways. All these things will radiate out from your jar as you focus on the giver of life and hope and wisdom.
Remember Gideon, and his megre army, they hid a lamp in their clay jars, and as the 300 approached the enemy camp, outnumbered 450 to 1 they broke the weak bonds of their jars, shouted the name of the Lord and victory was won. Cause no one can stand against the light of the light maker. The powerful become powerless when they stand against the One who created the rage of the ocean and the tower strength of the cedar trees.
Cause why shine like a candle stick when you can shine like a electric star? For the maker of the stars has a light he is ready to see you radiate to the darkest corners of this world. To the lonely places in our schools and in our care homes. The integrity we are to infect throughout our work place and with in our business community. The joy we are to infuse into our Sunday school children and our preschoolers in our homes for those few, short, tender years. Like a sunflower reaching for the sky we can stand tall and allow the precious life changing cargo we carry within our hearts to shine upon a dark world.
1 Kings 17:16
For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
And you remember the story of the obedient widow with starvation looming for her and her son. But according to the direction she was given, she complied to the leading of the Lord, through the direction of His prophet. Her jar stayed full and her life was saved. It is life or death. Is your jar empty… are you starving for purpose and direction… Are you floundering around in the dark looking for the light that the end of the tunnel…
Take hope, embrace your weakness as a clay jar and become filled with soothing, essential, power to be poured out like a healing balm on a hurting world. Like a spring that will never run dry, accessible to you is the unending, refreshing and sustaining waters that will quench your driest thirst and sooth your aching soul.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
You must see our role in the death of Christ. Each burden of our sinful ways we insist on carrying around with us. From day to day we pack around the burdens we have grown accustom to, but that is not what we are destin for. We are to be filled, not flattened under the heavy burden that is waiting to be lifted. Lifted and placed at the foot of a battered cross, so that when we surrender our weakness and temptations at His feet we can open our hearts to be filled. Filled like the custom vessel we are destine to be and to capture the vision of a future with no more cumbersome load, slowing us down from our given purpose. No more bitterness or anxiety or rebellion, but peace and comfort in its place. The place contentment is meant to dwell. The place made by the master potter who formed us from dirt into clay jars made for His love. Labelled with His calling.