2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (TPT)
Life can bring many pressures that are difficult to bear even for the strongest. Life is going to happen; not everything in life is pleasant or comfortable. Jesus told us about such trials and sorrows (John 16:33). Life can squeeze us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Sometimes we may entertain the thoughts of quitting; yet, we cannot always be relieved of responsibility or the sorrows of human life. Let’s never forget the encouraging words of Christ, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill (sacrifice) and destroy. My purpose is to give them (believers) a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10).
The Apostle Paul wants us to know it is during those pressures, we have the greatest opportunity to shine forth the glory of God; for the life of Christ to be revealed from the core of our being. Is life bringing you pressures that are difficult? If so, may God bring you eternal strength and grace. Invite Jesus into those pressures and ask him to give you the strength you need from his Kingdom resources, so you may shine with his glory in the midst of life.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 Treasure in Clay Jars
7 We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.[h] 8 Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. 9 We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. 10 We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies[j] so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. 11 We consider living to mean that we are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. 12 So, then, death is at work in us but it releases life in you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being at the core of this clay jar named Mary. I know you are always there for me and you will make sure my life is sustained and satisfied by your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.