You Might Well Miss the Brightness

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness.
We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay
pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from
confusing God’s incomparable power with us.

As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for
yourselves that we’re not much to look at.

We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles,
but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do,
but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been
spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side;
we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.

What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture,
mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them,
he does in us—he lives!

Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes
Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going
through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

– 2 Corinthians 4:8-12