Here we see how Paul borrows a familiar image and applies it to our faith relationship with God. He speaks of “treasure in clay jars”. It was common for people to hide their money in non-descript clay jars. In this way they hoped that if robbers searched their homes for treasure, they would overlook the common pot in favour of the ornate.
Paul speaks of the treasure of God’s power being hidden in very ordinary human beings. But here is the twist to the image: this treasure is not placed in non-descript people so that it can be hidden! Instead it is placed in us so that “it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”
If you feel inadequate to the task of serving Jesus, you are exactly the one that God needs. God supplies the strength. All that is required is a willing spirit.
Prayer:Master, speak! Though least and lowest,
Let me not unheard depart;
Master, speak! For O, Thou knowest
All the yearning of my heart,
Knowest all its truest need:
Speak! and make me blest indeed.
Words: Frances R. Havergal, Ministry of Song, 1869.
Fourth Sunday after Trinity35 The Cost of Servanthood
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 219.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.