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. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believe; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead wil also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:6-18

Realize that we are only mortal. I’m a teenager still (until April 25th), and us teens are know to think that we are immortal. Nothing will hurt us, we are young and can do anything. This leads many into drugs, sex, immorality, etc. I praise God that I didn’t get into that stuff. This verse says that God chose to put His treasure, His knowledge, His ministry, in jars of clay. Jars of clay were about as common in the day of the Lord as cardboard boxes are now. And they were just as easily destroyed. God put the greatest of treasure in us humans. We are but jars of clay; mere cardboard boxes.

You prick me, I bleed; hit me, I bruise. But guess what? The Lord makes everything possible for us. The Word says that we can move mountains! We can do everything he did when he was here in our world. “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Pressed on all sides, and this cardboard box that we are does not collapse! God gives us supernatural strength when we walk in His way, with his Son, the Lord Jesus. I have seen this strength, and believe me it is more than anyone can imagine!

We believe, therefore we speak. We are not to keep this glorious gift to ourselves brothers and sisters, but share it with “more and more people” as to “cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God”! We are called to bring people in, and yes we will be prosecuted by mankind, we will be struck down by this world, but remember that we will not be abandoned. Christ said that we are not of this world, and because of this, the world will hate us. We will face hatred everyday from all around. It is said, even, that in the end, families (brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers) will turn against one another! But we are loved by God, and until we leave this world, He will be walking with us, never leaving our side. Isn’t that cool?

Do not lose heart in the face of evil, brothers and sisters. God will prevail! You bow to the taunts of this world, and you lose. Have faith, and God will make the walls of our boxes stronger than concrete, stronger than a bomb-shelter, stronger than anything we could ever imagine. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Look up, everyone! Forget the troubles of this world, and keep your eyes on the unseen. Our troubles here are nothing; for the Lord created the world in six days, don’t you think He can lift your troubles off your shoulders? Have faith.