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But we have this treasure in jars of clay 

to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Cor. 4:7

Lord Jesus, the de-stressing truth of this passage is timely and awesome. You are the treasure Paul is writing about. To have you plus nothing makes us as rich as anybody in the history of the cosmos and currency. You are the quintessential treasure, riches, and inheritance. You are the gold standard all other golds mimic. Nothing compares to the greatness of being loved, known, and delighted in by you—zippo, nada, zilch.

You inhabit our weakness like a Michelangelo in a picture-frame of straw; like the Hope Diamond mounted in a necklace of paperclips. You get the attention and honor, and we get the privilege of showcasing your beauty and bounty. We all matter, but only you are the point, Jesus.

Though few of us are in danger of being martyred (like Paul was), we do relate to his experience of being hard pressed and perplexed (2 Cor. 4:8-11). Difficult stories, incessant demands, and various hurts tax our limits and drive us to you, Jesus.

Hallelujah… none of us is called to be the 4th member of the Trinity. None of us is called to be a Super-Hero. None of us is expected to be awesome. Awesomeness belongs to you. All of us are called to own our limits, rest in your love, and trust your sovereignty. Help us do so.

As this Tuesday unfolds, grant us grace to boast in our weaknesses and rest in your everything. May your beauty, goodness, and kindness be revealed through us. Increase our gentleness, humility, and joy. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.

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