2 Corinthians 4:3-6 – Treasure in Clay Jars

2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-12

5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Allow your heart and mind to settle the ways you proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord.
  • Invite each breath to be a proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord.
  • As you notice your breath, is there a veil God is lifting to reveal something new to you?
  • What light is uncovered to shine in the darkness?
  • Let go of anything keeping you from this light.
  • Notice how this light, this treasure is stored in clay jars.
  • Give glory to God for the light, for time in prayer, and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 3, 2018, the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
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(c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

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