Earthen Vessels

2 03 2014
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
 
 

What is this treasure in earthen vessels? Well, the earthen vessel of the image of God is us, whether we know it or not. We are all earthen vessels, prone to cracks, breakage, and misuse. We have an expiration date because of the earthen materials of our composition. We are all alike in earthen function, but so different in individual nature. It is the treasure that we carry inside of our vessel that gives it purpose and enlarges its usefulness to other vessels around it.

Some people choose the treasure of money and materialism to fill their vessel. Poor people. Some choose to fill their vessel with the pursuit of pleasure, power, or pride. So selfish. Some choose to fill their vessel with love but find themselves getting scammed, abused, or  robbed by those who want whatever they can take from you. So sad. The real deal is Jesus, He is the treasure that can never run out, grow old, decrease in value, corrupt the vessel, or fail when you need Him the most. He is the treasure given by God to be our light in the darkest of our nights. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

I like Zaccheus, one of the most unlikely of all earthen vessels, yet chosen by Jesus to fulfill a unique purpose. He discovered a treasure in his earthen vessel the day that Jesus intersected his life. May the earthen vessel of your life respond by faith to the Savior who would fill you with real treasure.

Pastor Dave

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Zaccheus stood barely five feet tall with his shoes off and was the least popular man in Jericho. He was head tax collector for Rome in the district and had made such a killing out of it that he was the richest man in town as well as the shortest. When word got around that Jesus would soon be passing through, he shinnied up into a sycamore tree so he could see something more than just the backs of other people’s heads, and that’s where he was when Jesus spotted him.

“Zaccheus,” Jesus said, “get down out of there in a hurry. I’m spending tonight with you” (Luke 19:5), whereupon all Jericho snickered up their sleeves to think he didn’t have better sense than to invite himself to the house of a man nobody else would touch with a ten-foot pole.

But Jesus knew what he was doing. Zaccheus was taken so completely aback by the honor of the thing that, before Jesus had a chance to change his mind, Zaccheus promised not only to turn over 50 percent of his holdings to the poor, but to pay back, four to one, all the cash he’d extorted from everybody else. Jesus was absolutely delighted. “Today salvation has come to this house,” he said (Luke 19:9), and since that was his specialty after all, you assume he was right.

Zaccheus makes a good one to end the biblical characters with because in a way he can stand for the whole cast of biblical characters who precede him. He’s a sawed-off little social disaster with a big bank account and a crooked job, but Jesus welcomes him aboard anyway, and that’s why he reminds you of all the others too.

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