- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Corinthians 4
Treasure in jars of clay.
The word, therefore (v.1), connects chapter 3 and 4 in that Apostle Paul continued to defend himself and his ministry of the new covenant. The letter of recommendation was an issue that his opponents troubled him (3:1-3). His ministry was the new covenant of hope of glory that came from the Lord, the Spirit.
Apostle Paul defended his ministry in chapter 4 with four words, constancy (v.1), sincerity(v2), integrity(vv5-6), courage with patience under suffering(vv7-18).
In his suffering and perils Apostle Paul shared in Jesus’ death. But it was given to him also to share in the life of the risen, victorious Christ. His suffering meant Corinthian people’s living (v.12), which was real letter of recommendation, written in their heart (3:3)
“this treasure,” is the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ. “jar of clay,” is his life, suffered in vulnerable situation. By saying this analogy, Apostle Paul proved his apostleship and his ministry that he would continue with constancy, sincerity, integrity, and courage with patience.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.