But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 ESV)
This passage is on my mind a lot lately.
I’m not in any way under the stress experienced by the early Christians Paul was encouraging here.
But this can still be a great reminder. If Jesus can be manifested in the extreme scenario of the early church, He can be supreme in whatever we are called to endure.
I am thankful for this.