March 20, 2007

Jars of Clay

2 Corinthians 4:7, 13-15

We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God ... . 2 Cor. 4:7


When Marina returned from the hospital, she was excited because in her hospital room she had heard something amazing. In plain, heartfelt words another patient, Antonina, had told her about God's grace and explained how to be spiritually healed by Christ's wounds. Antonina invited Marina to visit her church when they were both out of the hospital.

Marina couldn't wait for Sunday! In church she gave her life to Jesus. Later in a letter to us she wrote, "When I entered the hospital, I was so depressed. But I learned about Jesus and was encouraged by his gospel. It's all thanks to Antonina, who cared enough to talk to me."

What made Antonina such an effective evangelist? I believe it was her willingness to share the treasure in her heart, the gospel. Paul writes about treasure hidden in jars of clay. In the Middle East it was customary to keep jewelry and gold coins in such jars. The containers looked modest, but inside were precious objects.

Similarly we might have a humble appearance. Our speech and biblical knowledge might be imperfect. But we are blessed by the precious good news of Jesus in our hearts. As we continue our journey of faith, let's remember that the power is in the message, not the messenger! Let us generously share our testimony so that God's grace might touch even more souls around us.

Our Father, despite all our weaknesses and imperfections, you give us a great calling. Help us to tell others about the hope we have in you. Use us for your glory, not ours. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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