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Empty Containers

by Travis Troyer on March 19, 2019

“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

Dr. Carl Jung was an influential psychologist in the early 1900s.  He said, “when goal goes, meaning goes; when meaning goes, purpose goes; when purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.”  He described the world today as suffering from “a neurosis of emptiness.”  Has a feeling of emptiness overwhelmed you at times in your life?  It is because we as people are designed to have God in us.

Think about the people you see everyday, whether at work, at home, or wherever you go. Imagine all these people as containers longing to be filled by something. We as humans long to be filled; that is why purpose and meaning are the deep questions of life.  We see all around us a world trying to fill their container with fleeting things but the emptiness remains.  The only thing that fills is, in fact, a person.  It is Jesus Christ, and outside of Him and Him alone, there will only be emptiness.

Paul is showing us here that believers have a treasure in their container.  God has chosen to dwell in us through the Holy Spirit.  We are to remember that we are just the container, that the power to live this life, to live out our purpose, must come from above.  If we are to endure, if we are not to lose heart even though our outward self is wasting away (v.16), we must remember we are just containers, but containers that contain a treasure.  This treasure inside us is to show God’s power, to display His glory to the earth.  This is our purpose; this is why God wants to take our emptiness and fill it with His power.  We must remember that God triumphs in our weakness.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (v.6)