“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

I suppose Harriet and I have been back to this passage in 2 Corinthians 4 more in the past couple of years than at anytime in our lives.  As I was looking at it again today, I was more forcibly made to focus on the words “earthen vessels”.

I have brought back so many artifacts from overseas travel that Harriet used to call my office a museum and said I could quit traveling because there were no more walls to hang them on nor tables to display them.  But in all of them, one thing is lacking: pottery.  I can only remember bringing 2 “earthen vessels” home.  Both have since been broken and destroyed.

And that’s why I didn’t bring more in the first place.  There is nothing more fragile than an earthen vessel! 

There is no treasure more precious and more valuable than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  And nothing less durable and less dependable than clay pots.

Why our Lord chose to put His treasure in vessels as feeble and frail as we are is a mystery.  Why did He not entrust the Gospel to the angels instead of men and women?  I do not believe we will ever know until we get to heaven and then we won’t remember to ask. 

But we will continue to praise and thank our Lord for placing such an unspeakably priceless message in our hearts.  Into an earthen vessel so fragile you can kill it with a parasite or germ that nearly invisible under a microscope.  A vessel that can be compromised with one careless word or thoughtless deed.

Pray that we will be a shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”  2 Timothy 2:21

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  1. I love the image of the “treasure in earthen vessels”; I translate that to “cracked pots.” When we were in Caborachi, Mexico we went to a pottery factory. I purchased two little pots, which when time came to leave, I wrapped carefully and took aboard the plane in my cary-on. I had them in my music studio on the mantle. The day came when I needed a little vase to put some cut flowers in, so I sloshed some water into the small pot and put the flowers in. A little while later I walked by and there was water on the shelf and the floor and none in the vase. It had several large cracks in it. So I figured that it wasn’t ‘fired’, so couldn’t be used for liquids. I dried it carefully and put it back on the shelf.
    About two years later our missionary friends from NTM Mexico came and lived in our house for a month while we were away and when I came home I found that Deb had taped up the cracks with clear tape! and it still sits as a memento of the fact that “we have this treasure in earthen pots” (or “cracked pots”).
    Thanks for keeping in touch with us all out here!
    Love, in Christ,

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