Jars of Clay, Part 2
But we have this treasure (the gospel) in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
These truths compel us to offer to others this exponential, unexplainable, priceless treasure, the treasure of knowing Jesus. Don’t assume that your hurting Christian friend doesn’t need to be reminded that this priceless treasure resides in her “clay pot.” I taught Bible studies for over twenty-five years before our son died. Some of my friends stayed away from me because they thought I already knew the truth, what good could they do by repeating it? Yet, I needed faithful friends to speak truth into my broken heart. The ultimate truth that held me tightly was that in me was the priceless treasure of Jesus. He would never leave me, no matter how cracked and crushed my clay pot.
We have a message of eternal hope that we have the privilege of sharing through life-giving encouragement. Do you need this message today? What friend needs to know that the cracks in their clay pot are windows that give others a glimpse into the glorious treasure of Jesus who resides in them?
Focus your heart on the priceless treasure of salvation, purchased for you by Jesus. Personalize and write out in your journal Today’s Treasure, i.e. “Sharon has the treasure (the Gospel) in jars of clay…..
Ask the Lord if there is a friend who needs to see her name written in this passage today.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Loss of A Child audio resource with Chuck and Sharon Betters so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
The phone rings. . .A stranger says, “Mrs. Betters, your son has been in an accident. You must come immediately.” And you know in your heart that you have received the phone call every parent dreads. Your life will never be the same. We received that phone call on July 6, 1993. We raced to the hospital to learn that our youngest child, Mark, and his friend, Kelly, had died in a car accident. Suddenly we belonged to a private club no one would ever willingly join. Since that horrific night, we have met many other parents who are struggling to find a new level of normal as they face each day without one of their children. Some were taken at birth or shortly after. Others were toddlers, pre-teens, teens. Some were established with children of their own. Each child’s death, whatever age, ripped their parents’ hearts to shreds. In this message we share our story. We are honest about our struggle to not only face each day without Mark but also to reconcile the love of God with His sovereign care. How could God really love us when He allowed this to happen? Where is God? He seems so far away. Is He really holding us tightly in His grip?
Every time we share our story we have two people in mind. The first is the person who is holding onto life by fingernails and is desperate for a shred of hope. The second is the person who needs to walk in the darkness with a broken hearted friend. It’s our prayer that it will fall into the hands of that broken hearted Mom or Dad who needs just an inch of hope to hang on for the next few minutes, and that our message will help equip the one God is calling to walk alongside the shattered parents.
We pray that as you listen you will conclude with us that God is faithful and you can trust Him.