Vs. 7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” What a beautiful chapter! Some of the Corinthian Christians were accusing Paul of being insincere in his ministry and trying to get something for his own benefit. Paul eloquently and with much heart defends his accusers and shows us more of his heart for God & people. He was able to stand up & write such truths because he lived them! He compared himself to a jar of clay for thats what he was…nothing much on the outside, but valued by God for what was in his heart. He would live his life knowing that he was nothing and he lived his life so that others would know the love of Christ!
Regarding application…Enduring. Vs. 17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” It’s all about perspective…Paul was able to see not with human eyes, but from the perspective of God’s eyes! He compares himself to the person we all should be comparing too….JESUS! When we put our sufferings in light of Jesus bearing all the sins of everyone that has ever lived…then our sufferings are nearly nothing! Our days, months, & years may seem long, but ask anyone who has lived long and they will tell you that life flys by so very fast. Compared to eternity…our lives are truly a vapor in the wind. As Paul continued in Vs. 18, we live by faith not by sight. We sing the song, “Open the Eyes of my Heart”…let God open the eyes of our hearts so we may see him, others would see him through us, and we would glorify the Lord by living a life that mirrors His glory & love!