Here are my takeaways from reading in 2 Corinthians 4…I am a fragile clay pot containing a great treasure – the glory of God. When I invited Jesus into my life, he filled me with his presence, the Holy Spirit. He shines in my heart. I am priceless because of him. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Troubles will come my way…guaranteed. But they are small and will soon pass on – like the storm clouds. The sun will shine again. In the meantime, I am changing and growing into the likeness of the One who lives inside me. I fix my gaze on the things I cannot see because what I can see will soon be gone. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:15-17
My takeaway…Jesus died for everyone and gives his Spirit to everyone who believes. Therefore, I cannot look at people in the same way. I am a new person, changed forever. My purpose, goals, lifestyle are all impacted by the one decision to live for Christ who died and was raised to life for me. The same is true for you.
How often do I evaluate myself and others from a human point of view? I employ the criteria of our culture to determine value, creativity, usefulness, productivity, beauty, lovableness and purpose. Well, that’s just silly! Today it makes me smile inside to know that human criteria cannot begin to determine my worth. I may look like a common vessel on the outside, but inside I am packed with treasure. And so are you, friend!