“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves!”
Earthly success is not the test of spiritual life. Sometimes failure is better than success! God can do more with our weakness–than with our strength. Paul learned that when he was weak in himself–then he was strong, because then the strength of Christ rested on him in fuller measure. Sometimes we do more effective work, when we seem to fail–than when we appear to get through victoriously. Many a preacher has learned that his best sermons are not those he thinks the best. Ofttimes when he has failed in making his discourse, it has accomplished more than any of his finer sermons on which he prided himself.
It has been said that some of the greatest treasures in heaven–will be the blunders which God’s children have made, when trying to show their love. A mother said that the most sacred treasure in her home was a puckered handkerchief which her little girl, now in heaven, had tried to hem for her.