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Fragile Jars of Clay

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

Clay Pot


1.   A mission lies before us
         To go and to proclaim
      The hope we have in Jesus,
         The glory of His name
      The faint and weak He's chosen
         His power to display
      By placing gospel treasure
         In fragile jars of clay.

2.   With such a task before us,
         How can we stand and fight
      Against the powers of evil
         That rage at all that's right?
      God strengthens us with armor;
         Calls us to wield His Word.
      We boldly preach His gospel;
         The outcome is assured.

3.   So great the work before us
         To shine the gospel light
      Into a world in darkness,
         Unto the dead of night.
      But God has saving power
         To give the blind their sight,
      For He dispels the darkness
         And says, "Let there be light!"

4.   The labor hard before us,
         The battle rages long.
      Alone we cannot bear it;
         Our foes are much too strong.
      But God has chosen weakness,
         The feeble and the frail.
      He lifts us up in power
         To conquer and prevail.

5.   This mission now before us,
         We gladly will obey,
      Though we be unassuming,
         Frail, fragile jars of clay.
      For great the precious treasure
         Our God has placed within,
      His pow'r alone can save us,
         The battle He must win.

"Fragile Jars of Clay"
WORDS: Ken Puls, September 22, 2016
MUSIC: Welsh Hymn Melody
THEME: Gospel Power in Human Weakness

The idea for this hymn came from a sermon series through the book of 2 Corinthians entitled "Gospel Power in Human Weakness" preached by Dr. Tom Ascol at Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida. Though we are but weak and fragile jars of clay, we have in us the treasure of gospel "to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Corinthians 4:7). Read more about this hymn on the blog.

Words ©2016 Kenneth A Puls
Music: Public Domain


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