Common vessel

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.

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. We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 TPT

I have truly been feeling like a “common clay jar” the last few days.

Nothing too much to behold… actually not really wanting to be beheld. Needing time to pause… and feeling like time is rushing away.

I honestly hate when I am “down” or “blue”. I do my best to stay positive most days, trying to find the good in the mundane, but sometimes it is just hard. Sometimes I simply need to be in it and present even when I don’t want to be.

As I took a walk today, I listened to the song “New Wine” by Hillsong and was reminded of these verses from 2 Corinthians.

We have been given these common, frail, human forms on purpose; for purposes we so often find hard to comprehend.

Through the pressure, the unknown, the persecution, the knock-down “why do I even try” moments in life, God is bringing us back to Himself. He is saving us from being crushed, rallying us from quitting, reminding us He never forsakes or leaves us, and picking us up to try again because we are never knocked out!

These common vessels serve a purpose we cannot contain…

We carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.

We are common so God is glorified.

We go through hard times to bring us back to Him.

We see others struggle so we will cry to Him on their behalf.

“So I yield to You and to Your careful hand
When I trust You I don’t need to understand
Make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me”

1. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 The Passion Translation
2. “New Wine” by Hillsong Worship, Lyrics by Brooke Ligertwood

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