“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” II Corinthians 4:7-9
When my husband was a young boy, this was his treasure chest. He put all his best loved things and memories inside.
When God created the first human being, He scooped up the “dust of the ground” and formed a man and breathed the “breath of life” into his nostrils and Adam was alive. (Genesis 2:7) Eve was created next as a companion for Adam. (Genesis 2:18,21-22) In the verse above, the apostle Paul is writing a letter to one of the early Christian churches. He says that we are “jars of clay”, just like Adam, made of the dust of the ground. We are weak and easily broken.
But we, as jars, are specially made to hold something inside. Paul tells us that the treasure inside of us is God. When God is in us we can be strong. Even though we have troubles and problems and hurts, we can get through all of these with God.
God is our greatest treasure. He is the treasure in our hearts. But we don’t want to keep God inside a treasure chest that we only look at once in a while. We should always bring God, our treasure, out for others to see.
How can you share God, your greatest treasure? By shining His light for others to see. By using His power to help others. By praying His comfort and healing for those you know. By spreading His love to everyone you meet.
God, my greatest treasure, is with me when:
I smile and wave at our next-door neighbor on my way home from school.
I give my mom a bear hug and tell her I love her when she’s feeling sad.
I help my grandpa clean out his garage and do the things he can’t.
I pray for my cousin who is sick with a cold and can’t go to school or church.
This week think of some ways that you can share your greatest treasure, God, with everyone you know. Ask your mom and dad to help you if you can’t think of any. Make a list and check them off! Don’t forget to thank God for all His light, power, love, comfort, and healing that you can share.
Blessings as you share your greatest treasure, God, with others!