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Jars of Clay

When I was little my mom bought a plastic, hollow rock to put in the front yard to hide a house key in. To me, it seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. I was sure all of our things would be stolen, and we would come home one day to an empty house. I couldn’t believe we were putting the security of all of our treasures into one small, plastic rock. Apparently I was the only person who noticed the hiding spot, however, and our home remained safe and secure.

People in Biblical times used a similar method to protect their treasures. They would hide their valuables in jars of clay in hopes that the plain, invaluable jars would not attract attention to the valuables inside. In 2 Corinthians 4, we are compared to jars of clay, and the treasure that we hide inside of us is the gospel.

Unlike the key and the rock, the gospel is a treasure that we don’t want to keep to ourselves. Paul isn’t suggesting that we hide it inside of us in hopes that no one else may ever find it. In fact, Mark 16:15 says, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Instead, Paul is suggesting that like the jars of clay, we are frail and insufficient. Alone, our human weakness cannot triumph. We, as jars of clay, must always point to the treasures inside of us through Jesus. It is only through His sacrifice that we receive power, sufficiency and victory.


  • Do you have the treasure of the Gospel inside of you?
  • Do your actions and words always point the glory back to Jesus?

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