Several years ago a Chattanooga, Tennessee man was walking around at the local flea market.  He had visited the market many times over the past few months.  But on this particular day he came across a big blue rock for sale as a paperweight.  He thought it was attractive, so he bought it for a couple of dollars.  

   The rock was so unusual that later he decided to have the rock examined to determine what kind of mineral it was.  To his astonishment, the flea market rock was, in fact, a massive sapphire worth tens of thousands of dollars.  What had been valueless the day before was now known to be of tremendous value.  

   Often we do not know the treasures we hold.  Paul writes to the Corinthian believers that within each was a treasure.  What was this treasure?  It was their status as ministers of Jesus.  

   He says "we are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored.  The real power comes from God and not from us." (2 Corinthians 4:7  CEV)  Today you hold a great treasure in your life.  It is the ministry to others in behalf of Jesus.  Let's commit ourselves to holding this treasure in high regard.


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