Treasures in Jars of Clay

“Jars of Clay”
by Virginia Quarrier, 1984


For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> 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<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> to show that this all-surpassing power is from God<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> and not from us.  

We are hard pressed on every side,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> but not crushed; perplexed,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> but not in despair; persecuted,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> but not abandoned;<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> struck down, but not destroyed.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”>  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body…  

Therefore we do not lose heart.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”> Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”> we are being renewed<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”> day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”> For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

2 Corinthians 4:6-10, 16-19


I hope you are encouraged by these verses.  They are ones that I need to meditate on every day since they are so keenly rooted in both reality and faith.

[Note on the painting: I painted this as a gift for my husband-to-be in fall 1984 while I was a senior in college; we married a year later.  The black water jug and the pink cloth are from a mission trip to Israel in 1981.  All three ceramic pieces are long gone,  but the cloth is in my living room right now.  Unfortunately, I don’t paint in oils anymore, but you can see some of my other art in various media here: My Artwork.]

Grace, 
Virginia Knowles

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About virginiaknowles

I am a mother and grandmother of a huge family, and I still home school my youngest daughter. I write to stay sane. My WordPress blog is a combination of my Blogspot blogs, and may not be continually updated.
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One Response to Treasures in Jars of Clay

  1. donna says:

    “Therefore we do not lose heart.” Those words are so amazing! As a result of the death of Christ, we will not lose heart. I LOVE that portion of scripture and yes indeed, it encouraged me. A lovely painting too! Stopped by via Leaving a Legacy!

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