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Inside us is a treasure so great that not to share it is a shame; or, as my Scottish father would say, “a crying shame.” The treasure inside those who believe in Jesus not only is precious, but also of far greater power than we are aware of sometimes.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor. 4:7, ESV).

Years ago, in my Ethiopian childhood home, I heard about a missionary friend and his two boys who went on a camping trip into an area previously untouched by Christian influence. Unbeknownst to them, they passed by a hill of dark spiritual power in the area. Years later, another missionary came through, asking if there was a witchdoctor in the area and what the spiritual forces were around there. He was told that the place had once been a place of great spiritual power—until a man and his two sons had walked past the hill of power. From that time forward, the dark power was gone.

They just walked by, two boys and a dad on a hike. They were not on a mission, just on a hike; nevertheless, inside them they carried the presence of God. They had no idea they were dispelling the works of darkness as they walked by. But that is exactly what happened—unnoticed, undemonstrative, undoing the power of hell with a casual walk. That is the power of God’s presence.

There are times for heart-stopping sound, light shows and smoke on the stage. But what about a walk on the dark side in your “clay jar?”

The question I need to leave you with and ask myself today is this: “Where are you taking your clay jar today?” It is not just a clay jar—it is full of His presence.

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is the senior pastor of New Life Fellowship (Denver Foursquare Church) in Denver.

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