But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
Our team devotion today was focused on Exodus 3:13-22. This is where Moses asks God who he should say sent him when he speaks to the Israelites. God proceeds to tell him to say I AM WHO I AM. Earlier in the chapter, in verse 11, Moses says “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Moses felt completely inadequate and unequipped to do what God had called him to do. And he was – on his own power. But he wasn’t doing it on his own, he was simply the vessel God chose to use. We all are.
I was reminded of a conversation that took place earlier this week. Michael, a member of our team, was asking Babu some questions about food preparation. He asked Babu if a pot, pan or kettle was used for a particular item. With a confused look, Babu responded they didn’t have specific names like that. Everything – each of the utensils – was called a vessel. Each of them has a specific use and purpose, but it didn’t warrant them to have a unique name. They are simply vessels. So are we.
We are jars of clay – vessels that are not special on their own. They are made special only by what they contain. In our case, as believers our contents is the gospel – the most beautiful thing we could carry within is.
I felt completely unequipped to come here and teach the women. And was I right – I am. But I serve the great I AM and he is simply using me as a vessel to carry his word. THAT is all I need to know and trust in.