Treasure found in our weaknesses.
Week beginning: 26th November, 2017 | By Adam Taylor | Guildford
"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 4:7 (NIV)
As we sit at our respective desks this Monday morning, I wonder how many of us might be feeling rather weak? Summer is long gone but, although the Christmas decorations are in the shops and adverts on our screens, the chance to rest with family and friends is still several weeks away. So much to do and so little time!
Paul knew what it was to feel weak. In this famous passage from 2 Corinthians 4 he variously describes himself as feeling "hard pressed", "perplexed", "persecuted" and "struck down". Facing harsh opposition to his preaching of the gospel he had experienced such troubles that he felt as though he was "outwardly... wasting away". But despite external appearances, he knew that he was being "inwardly... renewed day by day" because these "light and momentary troubles [were] achieving an eternal glory that far outweighs them all".
This morning we might feel weak from the challenge of speaking about Jesus in our offices and lecture halls, or simply from the ordinary pressures of work (quite probably both!). But let's have confidence that, however much like jars of clay we might feel, we have the treasure of the hope of heaven to keep us going and share with others.
1. That we will be sustained through experiences of feeling weak by finding great joy in the treasure of the gospel.
2. With the Christmas season coming fast upon us, be praying for those you will be inviting to the carol services, to hear about and respond to the hope found in the Lord Jesus Christ.