2 Cor. 4:6-11
A story broke of a lady who bought a diamond ring for £10 at a car boot sale mistaking the ring for costume jewellery when in fact the ring was worth a third of a million pounds!! The exceptionally sized stone was presumed not to be real because 19th century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance like today’s gems. The buyer did not think it a real diamond because it was in a filthy mount and did not sparkle!! Sadly, what was true of this ring, is also true of many who profess Christ – the excellency of the treasure of heaven contained in our earthen vessels is never seen by an onlooking world on account of the filthy mount in which it is housed and our lack of sparkle!!
This sermon is an encouragement and an admonishment to those enduring suffering for the cause of Christ. It is only through trials and suffering that the hidden treasure of God’s Holy Spirit within us is revealed to an unbelieving world. We are exhorted by our Lord to let our light shine before men!!