2 Corinthians 4:7 “But this precious treasure – this light and power that now shine within us – is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.” (NLT)
“The best part of you is who you are inside!”
This was the saying on my childhood bedroom wall poster featuring a hen talking to a hatching chick. The words were a comforting reminder to a gangly teenager suffering the physical effects of changing from a child into an adult – my inner beauty was most important.
The poster was talking about the essence of who a person is – his or her personality, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. These are the qualities that define a person’s life, not the outward flaws that many teenagers experience. But for a Christian there is an even greater meaning to these words.
Contained within our physical frame is a great treasure worth more than all the riches the world has to offer. For those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior, the light and power of His presence shine within us. God’s very own Spirit reflects the glory of God in and through us. He works in us, making us more and more like Him. As we grow spiritually we reflect His presence more every day.
Not only do we have God’s power available to free us from our sinful lifestyles, but we also have His power to convince others that the message of God’s salvation is available for them, too. God takes our imperfect efforts to reach others and powerfully uses them to make a difference to those around us. We do not rely on our own abilities. We are not the Creator of the light, but only carriers of it.
God put these precious treasures inside our weak bodies so that everyone can see that what we possess is not from us but from God. When we persevere through troubles and our human frailties are put to the test, we can still be victorious because of God’s strength within us. His power to prevail is like a bright light shining from the inside of a fragile jar. The jar isn’t what is important; the important part is what it contains. Those around us will wonder how we can survive the trials of life and we can give God the glory for our success.
Even in the face of death we will still win. Our momentary trials will only last for a short time, but our eternal destiny in heaven with Christ is secure because of His life that lives within us.
The teenage years fly by and the raging hormones that wreak havoc on the physical body settle down. But as time passes, age causes other ailments that affect the human shell we all live in. It could be discouraging but doesn’t need to be. God’s truth can fill us with hope and comfort as we are reminded that the trials will soon pass, but the joy they produce will last forever.
I think if I were to hang that poster on my wall today, I would want it to say,
“The best part of you is Who lives inside!”