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Session 6

Some Secrets Are Meant For Sharing

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12

Many people often keep spare keys in different places outside their homes. Under welcome mats, on top of door sills or inside a fake plastic rock in the middle of the yard, we trust all of our valuables to be protected and secure. We live by the hope that no one notices our clever hiding spots.  

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 its hiding spot, 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, 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.

Reflect:

  • Do you have the treasure of the Gospel inside of you? If not, salvation is your next step!
  • What is one time that your actions or words did not point back to the glory of Jesus? What is one thing you could do to make sure your actions and words bring God glory in similar situations?

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