2 Corinthians 4: 1&7 says, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;… But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Have you ever watched what someone does with a Styrofoam cup after they finish whatever was in it? They bite it around the edges and stick pencils through it and tear it to pieces before finally disposing of it. Why do they do that—because a Styrofoam cup is almost worthless? This cup is only good for what it contains. This is what Paul is trying to communicate by using the term “earthen vessel.” This was a common clay pot that was used by the wealthy as well as the poor. These earthen pots were so common that if one should break, it would be thrown away and not repaired. We can relate to this Scripture if we read it as “we have this treasure in Styrofoam cups.” However, it will take a true child of God to exhibit what’s in the vessel and not the vessel itself.
Every born-again believer has been given a ministry to fill their Styrofoam cups. It is the ministry of Glory, but most Christians don’t realize what this ministry is or how to use it. I have a saying, “whenever you see a ‘therefore,’ look and see what it’s there for.” The key to seeing what it’s there for is to read the Scriptures preceding the therefore. The third chapter of 2 Corinthians explains what this ministry is. Two Corinthians 17- 18 says, “now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Moses’ glory faded after he came down for Sinai; however, the glory that is in our vessel will never fade because it progresses as we go from glory to glory by going from Matthew to Mark, Luke to John, Acts and Romans and Corinthians and so forth. By doing this; we are changed into the same image as our Lord and become a reflection of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:27 (Amplified Bible) “To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.”
Another key factor to keeping our Styrofoam cups full is the proper understanding of verse 17—it actually reads, “Where the Spirit is Lord, there is liberty.” The Holy Spirit must be Lord in your life. Ask the Lord to fill your Styrofoam cup to overflowing every day—then let it overflow and flood all that come into contact with you.
Philippians 1:20 (Amplified Bible) “This is in keeping with my own eager desire and persistent expectation and hope, that I shall not disgrace myself nor be put to shame in anything; but that with the utmost freedom of speech and unfailing courage, now as always heretofore, Christ (the Messiah) will be magnified and get glory and praise in this body of mine and be boldly exalted in my person, whether through (by) life or through (by) death.”