2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
A clay pot is essentially dirt. Making a clay pot is a labor intensive process, it’s basically washing and screening, sifting dirt, removing impurities so that the clay will hold together when it's placed on the potter’s wheel.
If you look at the beauty of creation, we’re the only thing God made with his hands, he’s our potter and we are his clay. According to the bible we are an earthen vessel, where the power of God abides, jars made of clay. The treasure inside of this vessel-Jesus.
He lives in us and through us, for a specific purpose. God made us, then He breathed into us the breath of life. We were created to be expressers of His life. When God redeemed us to Himself through Jesus Christ we were sealed by the Holy Spirit, and now we have the power dwelling inside of us to live the Christian life.
Salvation is a gift, a one time decision made in our hearts but sanctification is a process. God is always at work removing the contaminants of this world out of our lives as He molds and shapes us into the image of His son.
As clay, we’re going to experience the washing (by the word) and the sifting (hard times) which removes the unwanted particles of sin. A clay pot is useless until it’s fired, so God carefully places us in the fiery kiln, and from the fire brings a vessel of honor. We can't forget that He is the potter and His plans and purposes for us are always good, we can trust that.
The vessel (us) allows what’s inside, to shine, that’s where the beauty is, that’s the treasure! He desires to make us vessels of honor, containers and expressers of His life, shining the light and love of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Paul said, "for me to live is Christ". Have you allowed His light to shine in your life today?