A Dirt Jar
Genesis 2:7 records the creation of the first man,
Adam. “And the LORD God formed man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Then man sinned and because of that sin, death
came upon mankind. When we die, the physical
will turn back into dirt again while the spirit goes
on for eternity. “Then shall the dust return to the
earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God
who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
Given that we are little more than dirt from
beginning to end, it is remarkable that God has
entrusted to us the most valuable treasure of all
time, the message of the Gospel. Paul said that
“we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not
of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) Believers are carriers
of the Gospel, dirt jars containing the life-giving
message of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection
for our sin.
But the condition of our jar affects the contents.
It doesn’t matter if a cup is made of glass, gold or
Styrofoam, if it is dirty, you do not want to drink
out of it. Jesus chided the Pharisees for only
cleaning the outside of the cup and the platter and
not cleaning the part that you eat off of and drink
from. Similarly, the Holy Spirit instructs in
2 Timothy 2:21 to purge ourselves from evilness
so that we do not taint the holy Gospel message
with our sinful lives.
Too often we focus on the outside of our dirt jar.
We want the outside to be pristine. We want it
to look fancy and impressive to others. We want
people to notice how well kept our jar is. Instead,
we should make the inward cleanliness our priority.
If we are going to be a vessel that honors God, then
we have to be a clean vessel.