Have you noticed that in the last couple of years or so everybody has new clever ways to hide their valuables at the beach? Like:

  • Hide a little roll of cash in a cleaned out chapstick tube

  • Wash out an old sunscreen bottle to hold your keys and sunglasses

  • Hide your phone in a pringles can at the bottom of your snack bag

The list goes on. I’ve seen countless people sharing their little tricks for the whole world to see … including thieves who now know right where to look. Anyway, that’s not the point today.

The point is that I think this is an amazing (and modern) illustration of a really cool Biblical concept that we might miss otherwise. I’ve heard and read and even sung parts of this passage countless times. But it makes more sense to me when I think about people’s beach hiding spots.

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. 

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

Isn’t that awesome! God had the idea first. God has been storing his valuables in empty containers forever. Alone we’re plain old jars of clay, essentially worthless. We are the washed out chapstick tube, the empty sunscreen bottle, the pringles can. But in the same way that any of those can jump to being worth hundreds even thousands of dollars depending on what’s hidden inside, we are so much more because of what we have stored inside our being.

You may feel plain. You may feel ordinary. You may feel worthless. But remember, who you are and what you can do has nothing to do with anything except that which God has stored inside you. And, as a child of God (having accepted grace through faith in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ), you contain the full power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not your plain, fragile outside that defines you; it’s the treasure within.