devotional post # 2165
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen containers, so that the excess of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
2Co 4:8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not deserted; struck down, but not destroyed;
riches within rags
Some of the Corinthians assumed that Paul was under some kind of curse, because bad things kept happening to him and his team. But Paul said that the tough times he was facing was proving what he said about the gospel. It is God’s grace, not our performance that matters. The tough times we face while trying to live out the truth of the gospel show that God is doing something in us that cannot be explained by mere good fortune. He has given us a treasure to carry around in beat-up earthen containers.
LORD, show us how to display your riches within our rags.