Treasure the Contents, Not the Container

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

In 1947 some  earthen jars were found in caves just east of Jerusalem. They had some immediate value.  After all, even though they were made only of clay, they were thousands of year old and were uniquely made from clay of that region. At first their contents seemed worthless in comparison. One jar’s contents were being considered to be sold for under $30. Today, those contents are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls and are valued in the millions of dollars, if not priceless. The Scrolls are no doubt the greatest manuscript discovery of modern time.  Some of these manuscripts (copies of Old Testament books) predate the oldest,  previously known manuscripts by 1,000 years.

Similarly, as the unique children of God we have much value. But that value pales in comparison to the value of our contents – the indwelling Spirit of God. This is to His glory.

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