Did you know that God has placed a hidden treasure inside of you? That’s what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Notice, Paul said you have it! “We have this treasure.” That statement in the original language appears in the indicative/declarative mood. That means it’s a statement of fact! There’s no doubt about it. God has placed an extraordinary treasure inside of every believer.
What is this treasure? Back up to 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The gospel of the glory of Christ.” God has given to each of us the treasure of the eternal truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has also given us the means to communicate the message to others.
Notice the wisdom of God here. He put this treasure in earthen vessels, “that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” In modern merchandizing, packaging is everything. Advertisers know that packaging sells, so a lot of time and money goes into getting it just right. Sometimes you may even pay more for the packaging than the product!
When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ packaging is not the deal. The product is the deal! God places the treasure of the gospel in common, ordinary human containers so that the attention is not drawn to us but to Jesus.
Here is the take-away:
- You have a valuable treasure inside of you put there by God Himself.
- God gave us this treasure not to be hoarded but shared with others.
- We must share it in such a way that the focus is not on us but Jesus.
Be confident in what you have been given. Share the treasure of Jesus wherever you go. And may people look beyond the messenger (that’s us) to the message itself.
Pastor Todd Weston