Summary: Like the clay jars that Gideon and his soldiers broke, there a tremendous value in being broken. We throw things away when they’re broken, but God cherishes and uses broken people. So, broken down, cracked pots, rejoice because God uses cracked pots so th
The title of my teaching series from 2 Corinthians is “Hope for Cracked Pots.” Today, we’re going to look at 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 which is the passage for which I named the entire series. Today we’re going to talk about “God uses Cracked Pots.”
Since I moved to Texas almost 17 years ago, I’ve discovered that Texans are a unique kind of people. I came across a humorous list of ways to know if you’re really a Texan. V For instance, you know you’re a Texan if:
1. You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “cool” on the same day.
2. The value of a parking space is by the availability of shade.
3. You or someone you know has a belt buckle bigger than your fist.
4. You know someone who consulted a college football schedule to plan their wedding date.
5. You’re not surprised to find movie rentals, ammunition, beer, and bait in the same store.
6. You say you’re going to stop for a coke and get a Dr. Pepper.
7. Your grandmother’s car is a “dually.”
8. Someone in your family does a pretty good Willie Nelson impersonation.
9. You know cowpies aren’t made of beef.
10. You’ve eaten “little smokies” in a crock pot for special occasions.
11. You’ve ever gotten a Whataburger at 2 a.m. and knew five other people there.
12. You know what someone means when they say “I’m fixin’ to go.”
Well, I’m fixin’ to tell you that God can use all kinds of people. He can even use Texans! We’re entering a section of 2 Corinthians that contains profound truth. In my mind, 2 Corinthians 4 and 5 are two of the most important chapters in all of the Bible. This section ranks right up there with John 3, John 14, and Romans 7 and 8 in containing life-changing truth. This section we’re going to read explains the process by which God releases His power among people. In the last lesson we examined Paul’s description of his ministry. He was battling against the god of this age who is aggressively blinding the eyes of unbelievers to the truth. But there is a gospel light that is much brighter than any darkness Satan can cause.
Let’s read 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 to learn how God uses cracked pots:
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing [huperbole] power is from God and not from us.”
As we talk about this truth, I want to focus on three truths. First, I want to talk about the pots—that’s us. Then I’ll talk about the power—that’s Jesus in us me. Finally, I want to talk about the paradox—that’s the mysterious process God uses to release His power in this world.
1. THE PLAIN POT: My humanity is like an empty clay jar
The word for “clay pots” is ostrakinos which literally means earthenware. It was word used to describe plain, ordinary, run-of-the mill pots. That’s not a very complementary term. This is a good analogy of our lives, because the Bible says in Genesis 2 that when God made man he formed him out of the dirt, or the clay of the ground. There are many references in the Bible that speak of God as the Master Potter and we are the clay. In Isaiah 64:8 we read, “We are the clay, you are the Potter. We are all the work of your hand.”