We are the curators of Christ

June 22, 2011

Calling, Mission


Christian, behold your divine calling..

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” [2 Corinthians 4:7, NLT].

Wait….we’re containers?! (sounds glamorous). Paul describes an otherwise panoramic view of the Christian life with only two concise words:

  1. Treasure
  2. Container

Earlier, he identified this treasure as the good news of the glory of Christ that we contain (4:4), but notice his allusion to the type of container we are. He insists that we are crafted in such a way that we will “Make it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (emphasis mine). Paul is suggesting that our fragility will reflect Christ’s glory!

Two summers ago, I went to London with Brianna. We visited the Tower of London, and took a detour by the famous Crown Jewels exhibition. At the end of the tour we reached one of the much anticipated trophies of Britain: The Star of Africa.

 

At 530.4 carats, this is the largest polished diamond in the world. It was the WRONG tourist attraction to take my newlywed wife to see! That disgustingly multi-faceted rock was bigger than my soul and resembled something Pixar would create—in fact, I’m pretty sure I got a glimpse of the third heaven. So…after hiding her eyes for the duration of the visit (just kidding), we began to chatter about interesting aspects of the exhibit—but mostly the Star of Africa!–we were mesmerized. Interestingly, I can’t recall anything about the plexiglass casing that housed the Star. I can’t tell you what shape it was, if it was scratched, or what type of pedestal was arranged underneath it. I don’t remember anything about it—I was spellbound by a woman’s best friend par excellence! That plexiglass was there to put the royal diamond on display for the passing world to see and be enamored with. It would be silliness to assume that all the pressure was on the casing—its single purpose was simple and profound: show off the diamond’s brilliance! It worked. The modesty of the casing proved to be its most noble feature—it was identified with true splendor.

Paul’s exhortation to human “jars” is similar. We’re not just containers; we’re curators of the glorious power of Jesus! Brandon once shared the ease in which we focus on ourselves when we consider the failure or success rate of our calling. He befittingly rephrases the question… How may we show the brilliance of Christ? 

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About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB where he is committed to challenging Santa Barbara's independence by calling the city to follow Jesus. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting Peoples, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

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3 Comments on “We are the curators of Christ”

  1. Dan Kimball Says:

    Chris! Great article!

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