Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV); But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
The Christian life is full of contrasts.
These are epitomised in the life of Jesus Christ. He is the lion and the lamb (Revelation 5:5-6). He was fully God, yet fully man (Colossians 2:9). He had to die to give life.
Paul expounds on these paradoxes of Christian living when he says, “…. as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Corinthians 6:8-10).
Why these paradoxes? How can I be weak yet strong? (2 Corinthians 12:10). A child yet an adult? (1 Corinthians 14:20).
It is because the treasure is in earthen vessels.
There is a pattern by which the vessel lives and a pattern by which the treasure lives.
To reconcile these two patterns is to achieve the perfect balance.
The lesson to you is to seek the kinds of wisdom that run both worlds: the physical world and the spiritual world. After all, you cannot be so spiritual that you are of no earthly good or so earthly minded that you carry no relevance in the unseen realm.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 6:8-10, 2 Corinthians 12:10
GOLDEN NUGGET: Seek the kinds of wisdom that run both worlds: the physical world and the spiritual world. After all, you cannot be so spiritual that you are of no earthly good or so earthly minded that you carry no relevance in the unseen realm.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. Thank You because I know how to achieve the perfect balance, to live in this world yet not of this world. As this wisdom matures in me, I expand and grow in my spheres of influence, to the glory of Your name, Amen.