Treasure in Clay Jars - a sermon

2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in clay jars,

so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power

belongs to God and does not come from us.

Treasure in clay jars ....

I found this cup on a bric-a-brac stall whilst serving in the Lincolnshire fens. I didn't realise, until I got there, that bric-a-brac is the Lincolnshire word for 'rubbish'! Every year, during the Flower Festival, the church where I was serving would accumulate and then sell the rubbish of the congregation. It usually raised close to a £1000!

Sometimes, we have a clear out and decide that something has ceased to have use. I don’t know, maybe this cup was part of a set and the rest had been broken. But what is rubbish to one may become something of great value to another. When I picked up with cup, it was valued at 50p. I have used it as a chalice to hold the blood of Christ, at the feast of the Lord. This clay jar has indeed held treasure.