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I’m Attractive

We all having something to offer.
Everyone is born with inherent abilities that make certain types of tasks preferable to others. 
For that reason, people are most fulfilled in their careers when they find an environment that allows them to work primarily from their gifts and their natural talents.
For some, talents are specialized, such as a gift for music or design, or a gift for theoretical thought. For others, talents may be more generalized, such as a talent for leading teams or the abilities that make teaching, selling or writing easy.
As believers we also have Spiritual gifts from the Spirit.
The purpose of the spiritual gifts is to edify (build up), exhort (encourage), and comfort the church.
Natural and Spiritual gifts are housed in what the apostle Paul calls, “Jars of Clay”
2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
“But” - What is the contrast?
Judaizing teachers were always encroaching on Paul’s work and were among his chief troublemakers.
2 Corinthians 3 Paul’s opponents had accused him of bragging on himself.
They were now asking for letters of recommendation.
Who is Paul? Can he show letters from anybody of standing in Jerusalem.
It’s crazy - Why would Paul need Letters commending Paul to a church, which Paul himself had founded.
The church itself was Paul’s letter.
2 Corinthians 3:3 ESV
And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Paul is reminding them that you have the Spirit and remember false teachers want you to be connected to the tablets of stone.
2 Corinthians 3:4–6 ESV
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Confidence - The Corinthians are an epistle of Christ written by the Spirit, which gives him confidence in his ministry
Chapter 3 show a great contrast between:
The Law as opposed to the Gospel
One written on stone, the other on our hearts
One of the letter, the other of the Spirit
One unto death, the unto life
One veiled, the other unveiled
One unto condemnation the unto righteousness
Paul picks up in 2 Corinthians chapter 4
2 Corinthians 4:5 ESV
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
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.
“The Light of the knowledge of the glory of God”
In the face of Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Treasure - The gospel / The knowledge of the glory of God / It is the gospel of God’s glory revealed in Christ
“Jars of Clay” (comparison)
It compares the low value of the vessel with the treasure it contains
It compares the weakness and fragility of the vessel with the treasure it contains
It compares the imperfection and weakness of the ministers with the glorious effect of the ministry
It highlights the unworthiness of the containers
their insignificance
Their unimpressiveness
It also refers to the fact of being God’s chosen vessel (cf. Acts 9:15) and an instrument in the potter’s hand (cf. Jer. 18:1–11)
I’m just a jar of clay!
I have emotions and feelings.
The reason why I’m attractive to others is not for my own personal gain!!!
The only reason why people are drawn to me…
“To show that the surpassing power belongs ot God and not to us”
It is the message of the gospel
which brings enlightenment and salvation
It is the power to endure great hardships
It is the power of God’s word
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