“We have this treasure in earthen vessels (or clay pots!) to show us that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.”
John Piper comments on 2 Corinthians 4:
Too many people say, “I’m so ordinary, so average and undistinguished. I can’t do anything significant.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 shows that this argument is wrong and why. It says, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels (or clay pots!) to show us that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.” God’s concept of ministry is so different from the world’s concept. The world stresses the classy container, not the glory of God in human weakness. If there is one thing that we are coming to learn together in this church, it is that God’s purpose to get the glory in all things determines how we do all things. Here God’s purpose is to make sure that we see that the surpassing power belongs to him and not to us. How does he do it? He puts the treasure of his gifts and his gospel in clay pots like you and me.
Your ordinariness is not a liability; it is an asset, if you really want God to get the glory.
No one is too common, too weak, too shy, too inarticulate, too disabled to do what God wants you to do with your gift.
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