Clay Pots

4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

This is a beautiful passage but lets focus in specifically on verse 7.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV

I’ve always struggled with self-esteem issues and anxiety. No matter what I did I always felt as if it wasn’t good enough. In high school I won a state title. But in my mind it was not significant because it was just in Florida. At the time Florida was not a state that was known for wrestling. Then, In college I won NAIA nationals but I was completely unhappy withbecause it was just small school competition. I all americaned and medaled in multiple senior level events but because it wasn’t first I didn’t feel as if anything had been accomplished. Nothing was ever good enough, I was never good enough.

For years I tried to shake this feeling. As I retired from competitive wrestling and joined the work force, I wished I made more money. When I settled down and bought my first home, I wished my house was bigger. I broke a personal record in all of my core lifts but I wished I was stronger. I’m not saying that we should be happy with participation trophies, I’m saying that I have accomplished things that some would consider to be of significance. Even when I attained these things and I certainly put a great deal og work into doing it, I still felt useless.

Now, for the first time in my life I’m able to admit that every last negative thought I had was true. And to top it all off I’m not even all that good of a person. I am selfish, I can be deceitful, I get jealous and I’m not really great at doing anything but God is. I’m flawed and imperfect just like a raggedy clay pot (earthen vessel) but that is by design. If I was awesome I wouldn’t think I needed God. If I never had disappointment or pain I would think that this world was as good as it gets. Why consider eternity? There were times in my life where I thought I was hot stuff but I thank God for his ability to humble us. So in light of what you said let’s look at this verse again.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV

So this will go against all current wisdom and self help talk. But even if you are awesome, I mean like Lebron James awesome. There is always someone better, your best is never enough. Freedom comes in knowing that God loves us and in his eyes we are always awesome and no matter what God is always good enough.

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