Lesson Eight • Devotion #1: Treasure in Clay Jars

My daughter loves pottery. Years ago, at an art show, she found a potter who had given us both an appreciation for handcrafted art. When my daughter first discovered the world of pottery, she bought a couple of small pieces. That night, when she got home, we talked about the art show as she revealed her treasures. The artist is an incredible craftsman; over the years we have both collected many beautiful pieces. He made the canisters that I use and also the most unique teapot that I have ever seen. They look beautiful on my kitchen counter and remind me of the wonderful times my daughter and I have had together wandering through the potter’s booth and thoughtfully choosing something special to bring home.  

Like so much in life, pottery is fragile and can easily be broken. The lid for one my canisters was dropped on the day when I was cleaning it and now has a chip in the top. I do not think anyone notices the flaw, but I know it is there and always turn it to the back when I see it.

Did you know that God is called a potter? Isaiah 64:8 (NLT) says, “And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” God is the potter and we are the clay. Think about that. The God of the universe formed each of us, we are the work of His hands. 

In 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT), we read, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 

In 2 Corinthians, Paul refers to our bodies as clay jars. There, God’s Word tells us that our fragile earthly bodies will waste away, yet because of the power of God, our spirits are being renewed day by day. Like that canister lid, we all have some broken and flawed areas in our lives. Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness of life. When we are saved through faith and begin a relationship with Him, God no longer sees our sin but sees us as filled with the treasure of the Gospel. One day all believers will be completely renewed and free of our flaws and troubles. So, fix your gaze on Jesus and let your light shine for Him!

Finally, in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT), we read, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

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