“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”—2 Corinthians 4:7

God is glorified when His strength shines through our weakness.

How often the saint of God knows this to be true when his witness for Jesus Christ flows from his heart—while he scarcely comprehends what it was

that compelled him to speak the words!

It can be nothing but the spirit of God working through these little clay pots of ours.

And clay we are, for God said, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;

and man became a living soul.”—Genesis 2:7

God is very jealous of His glory, and the moment we allow our flesh to appropriate what belongs to God, He will often withdraw

His spirit that enervated the human effort in the first place.

How many preachers, teachers and faithful servants of God have learned this lesson to their shame?

Sermons that once brought sinners to kneel at the altar in droves—fall on deaf ears.

Efforts to share the Gospel that focus on the decision cards and tallies of Gospel presentations instead of the Holy Spirit become useless statistics;

representing yet another failure of the clay without the Spirit.

Nothing of any worth happens by human effort alone since the very dust of our being bears Adam’s curse for all our days.

If man alone is in the action, nothing worthwhile or lasting will come of it. When God is in the thing, nothing can stop it!

Our reflection for today: am I allowing God to work through me, and giving Him the glory for the results?

Would you like to learn how you can have eternal life?