We Have a Treasure in a Jar of Clay

By Phil Dark

A smaller high school basketball team was on its way to play a larger big city school basketball team. When the team from the smaller school arrived at their destination, and left the locker room for the gym floor, they lost their confidence. The opposing team had special warm up suits, and the players were all big and tall and good looking. The inner city team had only their playing uniforms. They had brought no fans and no band to cheer them on, and no confidence.

In the last minutes before the game began, the coach called his small school team together. He said, ”Guys, they look good. But they only look good. The question today is not who looks good on the outside. The question is who is strong on the inside. We are not much to look at, but I know what’s inside each one of you.  Now get out there and play ball.”  

In 2 Corinthians 4:1-7, the Apostle Paul admitted that the Christian’s life is this way. We are like fragile jars of clay, but inside is a special and valuable treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We may be unattractive, weak, and frail. But we must allow the treasure of the Gospel of Christ to command our lives. Remember 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.”