Have you ever thought about why God leaves us clothed in corruptible Flesh when He gives us a new spirit? In other words, why is our flesh not made anew as well?
Think about how much easier it would be for us to live for Christ if our flesh had been changed. We would no longer have the internal struggle between our flesh and our spirit as we currently do. Presently, these two, our flesh and our spirit, diametrically oppose each other (Galatians 5:17).
Clothed in human flesh, we are subject to weaknesses and temptations. In fact, dealing with the infirmities of our own flesh is a significant part of the Christian experience. We can live a victorious Christian life only if we choose to walk in the Spirit instead of living out the desires of our flesh.
As for the answer to the opening question, consider this: “We have this Treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:7). The treasure referred to is Christ who indwells us upon salvation.
One reason God has not given us a glorious body is because He wants the treasure He has put in us, namely Christ, to be front and center in our life.
Benefits of the Treasure
Based on the verse quoted above, it’s not about us; it’s about the treasure God has placed in us. Consider the following:
God anoints and equips us to serve Him in supernatural ways. The prerequisite for God to use us is not for us to be super talented or perfect. God uses us in spite of our human frailty. Through the Holy Spirit, He gives us spiritual gifts and ministry abilities to serve Him in ways that are humanly impossible. As we yield ourselves to this heavenly cause, it becomes abundantly clear to others that it’s God and not us.
God’s strength becomes ours in our times of weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). When we feel self-sufficient and act accordingly, we are operating in our own strength. During such times, we may not feel the need to pray and invite God into our situation because we say “I got this.” God is strongest in us when we become weakest in ourselves. Remember the last time you were down and thought you were out? But you lived to tell about it because God’s help and strength kicked in when you were at your lowest point.
Christ strengthens us so we can do all things (Phil. 4:13). God seldom if ever calls us to do things that are easy. He calls us to things that are bigger than we are. On the other hand, God never calls us to do anything that He does not adequately equipped us for. You may be intimidated by your sense of insufficiency to do what you sense God is calling you to do. But be encouraged. Whatever He has called you to do or allowed you to face in life, you can do it–through Christ.
God has created us for His glory. The heavenly treasure He has placed in us is the only means by which we can glorify Him. The humbling reality is that God places this priceless treasure in frail, fallible, human vessels.
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