Battered for Jesus

March 17 | 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars for the purpose that the extraordinary power, which is from God and not from us – in everything, we are pressed but not crushed, perplexed but not despairing, persecuted but not deserted, struck down but not destroyed, always carry around Jesus’ death in the body, with the result that Jesus’ life might also be revealed in our bodies,” (2 Corinthians 4:7–10)

There’s a whole industry around security. They make impenetrable safes to keep your important documents and valuables from being stolen, burned by fire, and out of the hands of anybody who would steal them. Now there are programs online to keep your computer files safe.

Paul and his companions suffered many hardships as they traveled throughout the Roman Empire spreading the gospel. The gospel is the most precious treasure because it brings freedom to the captives.

He doesn’t mince words or sterilize his experiences. His trials brought him to the brink of death many times just so he could share the gospel with one more person. Every trial he mentioned could easily have killed him.

What do you treasure? What you hide away to keep safe? The earthen vessels of clay in Paul’s day kept things safe. But they were easily breakable. You must become an earthen vessel easily breakable with the light of the gospel inside. It’s the one treasure you want to give away.

Action Step: Share the gospel with everyone you meet freely. It’s the treasure that saves lives. Don’t be shy in letting people know there’s hope and light in their darkness.

Dear Jesus, made me bold to share your glorious message of freedom and love with everyone I meet. Don’t make me shy. I want to make the most of every opportunity I have and openly give this beautiful gift.

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