An Uncommon Package

Scott Stevenson

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us."  2 Corinthians 4:7

Leave it to the Lord to store the most valuable treasure in human history within frail, mortal, sinful man.

God uses the contrast of valuable vs. invaluable to make the statement that salvation is the work of God and not men.  The contrast needs to be emphasized greatly!  This is Creator vs. created type of comparisons.  In other words, God gave you His Son…the most valuable treasure in all of history to man.  One day God is going to ask what you did with the gift of His Son.

Let me attempt to bring some perspective to the subject.   It’s like carrying a Jadeite stone in an old paper bag.  A Jadeite stone is worth $3,000,000 per carat.  This example does not compare to the value of God because, nothing that compares, but I have to give us a starting point. 

Let me give you another comparison that may hit the target a little better.  Without God’s gift of Jesus Christ, we are doomed.  I can’t make it any simpler than that.  Do you feel small?  Well I hope so, because as I said before, the contrast is to let you know that salvation comes from one place…God!  You don’t believe me, read the following passage:

"A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?"  Ecclesiastes 10:14

The inability of man to know what will happen after he dies shows us exactly where we are in the order of things.  I know this comparison paints a picture of hopelessness and, yes, it is hopeless without Christ.  

Our value comes from God.  God values us enough to send His Son to save us. 

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

We are so valuable that God chose to give us (paper bags) the absolute best.  This should give you a joy that cannot be diminished, a joy to be shared with others until we see Him.   

"We love because he first loved us."  I John 4:19

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu, alleluia

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