Ever since the Fall, people have wanted to make idols of themselves and their own creations. They find it easier to deify something visible than to worship My unseen Reality. You have spent years trying to perfect yourself. Now you are more vulnerable to idolizing what you have made or done than what you are. This is a rather subtle sin, especially when you have created something for My Glory and purposes. I have deigned to use some of your creations to bless other people, and this has delighted you. When they express their appreciation to you, you soak up their praises. You forget that everything you make is as flawed as you are. Just as you are a jar of clay filled with heavenly contents, so are the things you have made or done for Me.
I am Christ in you—shining the Light of the knowledge of My Glory into your heart. I am the Treasure that fills not only you but also your creations of clay, giving them meaning. When you do your work in dependence on Me, I can use it powerfully for My purposes. Delight in what we accomplish together, but find your utmost Joy in Me—your eternal Treasure. As you gaze at Me in loving worship, rejoice that your name is written in heaven’s book of Life.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
[2 Corinthians 4:6–7]
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”