“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7Matthew 13:44-52
Whatever we would consider “treasure” most likely was hard sought after and hard won. That’s part of what makes the thing so valuable. For those of us who know Jesus, the greatest treasure we’ll ever have is God and the gift of salvation He’s won for us.
The stroke I suffered several years ago has taken away many things I could have valued as treasures: financial independence, a quick and able mind, outstanding physical ability. While I have lost these “treasures,” I can now see what I cherish most is knowing Christ and His salvation. It is not about my abilities or about my appearance. I’m an ordinary clay pot, merely an earthen vessel. But I contain riches beyond imagination!
Joni Eareckson Tada explains that our ordinary lives have value: “If our very life purpose is to display the treasure we contain within, that display often works best when there are faults and cracks and chips in the pot. It is through these that the radiant, resplendent glory of Jesus shines through to the wondering eyes of the world!” (2010)
“Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, 1865)