But 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
It is easy to become puffed up and think “look at all that I have done.” We raise ourselves up to a level that we are not worthy of and this is not the Christian posture. Instead, we are earthen vessels.
I heard a story once of a British evangelical who would see someone in a sorry state and would think “there goes me, save but the grace of God. This attitude can come across as judgemental, but it is not the intent. He was attempting to keep himself humble, always recalling the awesome power of God’s grace. We are called to recognize the grace of God in all that we do and give thanks for his work in us.
Whether we be priests, businessmen, housewives, bakers, scholars, or any vocation that God has called us to, let us remember that we are earthen vessels, and let us do everything to God’s glory. Therefore, adopting this posture of humility may our lives show forth that excellence that is the power of God.