S (Scripture): 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. 4:7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”
O (Observation): Paul acknowledges the gift of God – the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. Paul recognizes that this gift comes to him and the fellow believers, and declares that they – the vessels – are as fragile as clay pots. Clay pots can be broken, but can also contain water, wine, grain, etc.
The earthly nature of these pots makes them frail, but also powerful as carriers of material.
In this case, the Christian witnesses, as imperfect as they are, have a very important message to carry.
A (Application): Cracked pots for Jesus! That’s what we are. God chose us, the church, to carry forth an amazing story and testimony to share with the whole world. The image of the clay pot helps me understand that my witness, as powerful and wonderful as it is, is all about what’s INSIDE the clay pot, and NOT ABOUT THE POT ITSELF (I.e. ME)!
I am breakable, I am frail. Yet I am the one, and you are the one, who has been given divine knowledge to carry with us and to share with others. Again, it’s about the message, not the messenger.
Let us be as humble as clay pots, but also brave witnesses to the gift of God in Christ Jesus.
P (Prayer): Lord, we can get to big for our britches sometimes. Help us to know our place in your Kingdom, and to be bold and brave in delivering your message to the world. Amen.