2 Corinthians 4:6-7 - Shine Jesus Shine!

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 - Shine Jesus Shine!

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (ESV) For God, who said, "Let light shine 
out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the 
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have 
this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power 
belongs to God and not to us.  

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NLT) For God, who said, "Let there be light 
in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we 
could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves 
are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This 
makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  

   God spoke the light into existence by a single command (Gen. 
1:3 and Psa. 33:6, 9). His first recorded words brought forth light 
where there had been only darkness (Gen. 1:2). Not only did God create 
natural light, He sent His Son to be "the light of the world" (John 
8:12). All physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual light have 
their origin in the Father of light (James 1:17). By very nature God 
is light (James 1:17; John 1:4, 5)... 
   The very One who created the sun to illuminate the primeval 
darkness of this world also provides the light of truth to enlighten 
benighted minds (Ps. 119:105). As the spoken word of God brought light to 
a dark world, the living Word, as set forth in the written Word, 
commands the light of heaven to shine into darkened souls... 
   The purpose of God's shining into men's hearts is to give 
light, the purpose of the light is to acquaint them with the knowledge 
of the divine glory, and the purpose of the knowledge of the divine 
glory is to save them... [SDA Bible Commentary] 

   Paul's life was a clear and unmistakable demonstration of the 
power of God held in a jar of clay. He wasn't exempt from difficulties 
because he was the Lord's servant; in fact, the overwhelming 
circumstances, troubles, and mental anguish that accompanied them served to 
display the glorious message of Christ and to reveal the power of God in 
Paul's life. In today's passage he reveals to us the secret that God 
has designed us as earthen vessels and that the treasure of his 
light and power and glory is held in our perishable, weak bodies. Why? 
So that everyone will know that this power and greatness is from 
God--not from us --but from God. That is why we can say with Paul that 
though we may get knocked down, we get up again and keep going. We may 
suffer, but we won't be crushed. We may be perplexed or frustrated, but 
we are never driven to despair, all because of the treasure of 
Jesus, who dwells within us by his Spirit. 
   LORD, thank you for designing me to be a clay jar with an 
amazing treasure inside. And though the circumstances of life may press 
me down, you never abandon me. May others see your power and light 
through my life. May you truly be glorified in my weakness, in this 
earthen vessel that I am. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re vs. 

   Knowing God and having Him reside within you is a treasure of 
infinite value. Jesus likened this value to that of a perfect pearl. The 
collector would readily sell everything he had in order to possess this 
one matchless pearl (Mt 13:45-46). Your relationship with God places 
an immeasurable value on your life. The treasures of God's wisdom 
and knowledge are available to you through Christ (Col 2:2-3). His 
love now fills you. His incomprehensible peace surrounds your heart 
and mind (Phil. 4:7). When Jesus dwells in your life, everything 
available to Christ dwells within you (Eph 3:19). 
   Paul was comparing our lives with the clay pots commonly used 
in his day. The contents of the earthen vessels, not the containers 
themselves, were of great value. The jars would become chipped and broken 
and would deteriorate over time, but nobody thought of the jar - 
they were interested in its contents. Paul noted that our great 
possession is that which God has placed within us. When people focus on us 
they see a frail, imperfect, and deteriorating vessel. Nothing that 
comes from our flesh is worthy of praise. Our bodies are aging and 
losing strength (2Co 4:16). Only as we allow God to fill us and renew 
our inner self will people see a treasure of immeasurable worth. 
   Don't focus on outward appearances and physical strength, for 
these deteriorate. Rather, allow the Holy Spirit to convince you of 
the infinite treasure that is within you because of God's presence. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re 2Co. 4:7] 

   The safety video on an airplane reminds us that if the oxygen 
masks fall from the overhead compartments, parents should put on their 
own masks first before helping their children. It seems selfish, 
doesn't it? A parent taking care of his or her own needs before trying 
to save the life of the child sitting in the next seat? That goes 
against our instincts. But the reason for the me-first approach is 
obvious: if the parent passes out, there is no one to help the child.  
   Some of us tend to pour out our lives for others without 
taking care of ourselves. Though God has called us to be carriers of 
His Presence into this world, we often go into the world without 
having cultivated the Presence. We neglect the flame within us, and the 
result is a host of burned-out God-carriers who have only normal human 
capabilities to offer. But the world is already full of normal human 
capabilities. It needs more of God's nature. It needs people who can impart 
God's peace, speak His truth, access divine strategies, and carry His 
power. And in order for that to happen, we have to cultivate His 
Presence within us.  
   Pouring out for those around you is a vital part of the 
calling God has placed within you, but if you aren't pouring out the 
life of God, you're pouring out yourself. That's admirable, but it 
isn't enough. You're a vessel that contains God, a priceless treasure 
in high demand. One of the greatest mission efforts you can ever 
make is to cultivate the Presence within yourself. Only then can you 
offer Jesus to the world.  
   Jesus, it's amazing that I can embody You - that this jar of 
clay carries such a priceless treasure. But Your Word says it's true, 
and I don't want to waste one bit of the treasure. Stir up Your 
Presence in me so I can carry You into a world hungry for what You offer. 
[The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 
Tiegreen re 2Cor. 4:7] 


   Let Me fill you with my Love, Joy, and Peace. These are 
Glory-gifts, flowing from my living Presence. Though you are an earthen 
vessel, I designed you to be filled with heavenly contents. Your 
weakness is not a deterrent to being filled with My Spirit; on the 
contrary, it provides an opportunity for My Power to shine forth more 
   As you go through this day, trust Me to provide the strength 
that you need moment by moment. Don't waste energy wondering whether 
you are adequate for today's journey. My Spirit within you is more 
than sufficient to handle whatever this day may bring. That is the 
basis for your confidence! In quietness (spending time alone with Me) 
and confident trust (relying on My sufficiency) is your strength. (2 
Cor. 4:7; Isa. 30:15) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   As you wait attentively in My Presence, the Light of the 
knowledge of My Glory shines upon you. This radiant knowledge transcends 
all understanding. It transforms every fiber of your being: renewing 
your mind, cleansing your heart, invigorating your body. Open 
yourself fully to My Presence; be awed by My glorious Being. 
   Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your world as 
a baby. I set aside My Glory, so that I could identify with 
mankind. I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling 
conditions - a filthy stable. That was a dark night for Me, even though 
angels lit up the sky proclaiming "Glory!" to awe-struck shepherds. 
   When you sit quietly with Me, the process I went through is 
reversed in your experience. As you identify with Me, heaven's vistas 
open up before you - granting you glimpses of My Glory. I became poor 
so that you might become rich. Sing hallelujahs to My holy Name! (2 
Cor. 4:6; Phi. 2:6, 7; Luke 2:13, 14; 2 Cor. 8:9) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Receive My Peace. This is still your deepest need and I, your 
Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance 
and your emptiness are a perfect match. I designed you to have no 
sufficiency of your own. I created you as a jar of clay, set apart for 
sacred use. I want you to be filled with My very Being, permeated 
through and through with Peace. 
   Thank Me for My peaceful Presence, regardless of your 
feelings. Whisper My Name in loving tenderness. My Peace, which lives 
continually in your spirit, will gradually work its way through your entire 
being. (Isa. 9:6; 2 Cor. 4:7; John 14:26) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   It's all right to be human. When your mind wanders while you 
are praying, don't be surprised or upset. Simply return your 
attention to Me. Share a secret smile with Me, knowing that I understand. 
Rejoice in My Love for you, which has no limits or conditions. Whisper 
My Name in loving contentment, assured that I will never leave you 
or forsake you. Intersperse these peaceful interludes abundantly 
throughout your day. This practice will enable you to attain a quiet and 
gentle spirit, which is pleasing to Me. 
   As you live in close contact with Me, the Light of My 
Presence filters through you to bless others. Your weakness and 
woundedness are the openings through which the Light of the knowledge of My 
Glory shines forth. My strength and power show themselves most 
effective in your weakness. (Deu. 31:6; 1 Pet. 3:4; 2 Cor. 4:6-7; 2 Cor. 
12:9) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Come to Me with your gaping emptiness, knowing that in Me you 
are complete. As you rest quietly in My Presence, My Light within 
you grows brighter and brighter. Facing the emptiness inside you is 
simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness. Therefore, rejoice 
on those days when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish 
and inadequate. Tell yourself that this is a perfect day to depend 
on Me in childlike trust. If you persevere in this dependence as 
you go through the day, you will discover at bedtime that Joy and 
Peace have become your companions. You may not realize at what point 
they joined you on your journey, but you will feel the beneficial 
effects of their presence. The perfect end to such a day is a doxology 
of gratitude. I am He from whom all blessings flow! [2 Cor. 4:6; 
Mat. 5:3, 6; Col. 2:9, 10; Psa. 150:6] [Jesus Calling by Sarah 


   All my life I longed to do something big for God. Heroes of 
the faith - biblical, historical, and contemporary - fascinated me. 
I threw myself into every ministry opportunity I could find. But 
the harder I tried to be strong, productive, and heroic for God, the 
more I became exhausted, burned-out, and discouraged.  
   My body buckled under chronic illness, and my enthusiasm 
dwindled as I faced failures in my work and in the ordinary struggles of 
marriage, parenting, and friendships. It took those painful challenges to 
learn that God wanted me to trust him to be the hero of my story 
instead of relying on my own strength or achievement.  
   When I asked God to make me brilliant, brave, successful, 
physically strong, and emotionally tough, he coaxed me instead to serve 
others in my weakness. His grace leaks out of the cracks and chips of 
the simple clay jar of my life.  
   Sharon Hinck is a novelist who explores the heroic journeys 
of ordinary women in The Secret of Life of Becky Miller and The 
Restorer. [The One Year Bible Life Verse Devotional re 2 Cor. 4:7; Out of 
the Cracks and Chips] 

   I needed these verses early in my married life when my 
husband and I were told that having children would be impossible. I 
clung to these verses when infertility treatments were curtailed 
because radiation and chemotherapy to stop cancer had to take their 
place. And I hang on to them now, years later, even though God has 
brought us through those dark valleys to a more peaceful place, where we 
are raising and homeschooling three active, imaginative, adopted 
daughters. I rejoice in this blessing, the amazing privilege of motherhood, 
but it also reminds me that I am imperfect and fragile. I'm still a 
jar of clay, capable only as the Holy Spirit fills me!  
   Paul's words to the church in Corinth guide us as we share 
the gospel. Often the world rejects or just doesn't hear the Good 
News it so desperately needs. I'm not a traveling, suffering 
evangelist, but I do want to glorify God in the midst of my challenges. 
These verses tell me that what I perceive as suffering will not lead 
to destruction. Just the opposite! God uses my trials to bring 
glory to himself and to point me, my family, and even people I haven't 
met to his Son, the one treasure that can truly fill us and make us 
   Amanda Werth, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 
is a full-time wife and mom, now "retired" from full-time ministry. 
Amanda's husband pastors four congregations in rural North Dakota. [The 
One Year Bible Life Verse Devotional re 2 Cor. 4:7-9; Fragile But 
Not Broken] 


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