7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed.
We keep a precious treasure in a fragile vessel, we find ourselves under constant pressure yet we do not break. Is that the point of this passage? That God will guard our hearts and let us keep the treasure of his grace stored up within them?
Or are we called to be constantly breaking vessels? Clay pots that crack and burst to leak grace and truth all around us? Are we meant to hold together or to show the truth of God’s power in our falling apart?
We carry around death so that life may be revealed.
So whether you’re holding firm or falling to pieces, may you find comfort in these words.