Tuesday, March 2 NL | BR

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. – 2 Corinthians 4:7

The apostle Paul talks about the treasure – Jesus – in a fragile clay jar, our body. When you throw a clay vase on the floor, the vase will break. The message of today emphasizes that although Jesus lives in you, you might still face difficulties in life. This is not pleasant. Paul says that it is because the treasure, Jesus, lives in a clay jar. That pottery has been vulnerable and weak since the fall of man. This is why we deal with weaknesses and diseases.

The human body is still earthly and has not been renewed or glorified yet. There is also an incredible number of mental disorders nowadays, not mentioning the physical weaknesses. People suffer from fear, guilt and many other emotional problems. People worry and cannot deal with their problems while they know that Jesus lives in them.

Even though you are a Christian, you can still suffer from such problems and have an unpleasant day. Having bad days does not mean that Jesus does not live in you or that you are backsliding.

The reason for difficulties in life is that the evil one goes around like a roaring lion hunting for a victim to tear apart. Especially if you have made the decision to follow Jesus, the evil one is lurking around to give you a bad day.

The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:5: ‘For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn — conflicts on the outside, fears within.’

Can you imagine Paul being afraid? However, he also says in verse 4: ‘In all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.’ Paul was happy and comforted, despite having a bad day.


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