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.”
What is the treasure? That the excellency of the power may be of God and not us.
Where is this treasure? In our earthen vessels – in our earthly bodies.
The body is just a vessel to good or to evil. And once we die, we get a new body, an eternal body ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 )
A good example for people to understand the flesh, the body, is pots. There are cooking pots, flower pots, water pots and other pots. Have people, in your church or church group, bring a pot. Any kind of pot. Give them examples like flower pot, vase, a water pot. Don’t tell them why. Ask them to bring a pot, a piece of paper and a pen/pencil.
Notice in 2 Corinthians 4:7 the treasure is not the earthen vessel, it is not the pot. Yet so many people, Christians and heathen, spend a great deal of time on their pot. They spend time and money beautifying their pot, dressing their pot, examining their pot and adorning their pot with silver and gold.
So I will ask as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 4:7 KJV “For who maketh thee to differ from another ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it , why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it ?”
Didn’t you receive the vessel, your pot from God?
Just because you and I don’t like a feature on a specific pot does not mean the pot is flawed. Friends, pots get stained, chipped, they crack and some get broken. When a pot gets broken, we have to help put the pot back together. And after we glue the broken pieces back in place, the pot may no longer hold water or liquid but that does not mean the pot is no longer valuable. The pot can still hold flour, sugar, rice, etc.. There is a purpose for each pot. The Creator created each pot for a purpose.
The example for your church group? Have everyone look at all the different pots people brought. As Christians, we are not to judge the worthiness of each pot ( 2 Corinthians 5:10) we are to work with the pots God gives us.
As for the paper and pen/pencil you asked everyone to bring with their pot? Ask them, if money were NOT an issue and you could do anything you wanted, what would you do? Write it on your paper. Then ask them to put their name on the paper and put the paper in their pot. Then have everyone bring you their pot, line them up. Have everyone stand with their pot. (Have a church worker or helper record the results).
Pray over the people / the vessels of God. Then pray over their dreams that are in the pots.
Use our chart on How The Godhead Works in the Believer
Their dreams are a gift from the Holy Spirit because it is the Holy Spirit that gives gifts. Jesus Christ gives each of us the power to do our gifts (I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me Philippians 4:13 ) And it is God the Father that shows us how to process the power the Son gives us.
Let us know how this pot experience works for your group. Until next time.