“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.
God has placed His treasure in us, but sometimes it does not feel that way. It can be easy to identify with being jars of clay; plain, fragile, uninspiring, of little value, and sometimes damaged.
However, God sees it fit to put His treasure in us.
Jars of clay break easily, and can be full of cracks. But this is not always a bad thing, as these cracks allow the light of God to shine more brightly. Our fragility shows the power of God at work in us, but only when we bring it to Him. So as jars of clay, complete with all our imperfections; our response is to ask God to heal us and to help us. As we bring our flaws and insecurities to Him, He makes us perfect, complete, lacking nothing and reflecting His glory. But how?
It happens when we turn our faces to Him and not to ourselves. Please, stop looking at and fixating on what you don’t have; that relationship, that job, those friends. Stop looking at your figure and wishing you were bigger/ smaller/ lighter/darker, had a smaller nose or a bigger…
Look to Him!!! We have a beautiful, holy, gracious, trustworthy, loving, righteous God. And focussing on Him actually makes us more beautiful, holy, gracious, trustworthy, loving and righteous; it’s the principle of reflection. Paul explains this in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
God makes us more like Him as we look to Him.
When we try to be perfect and look to ourselves, we end up looking more like ourselves and less like God. The result is sinful people who are self-obsessed and self-interested.
By pointing the mirror of your mind at God and setting your attention and your affections on Him, His image is displayed in us and we are transformed. This is why the Psalmist says:
“They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 34:5.