Today I want to talk to you about turning trash into treasure. In 1970 a French engineer purchased a chest for $160 to hold his television. What he did not know was that he had purchased the big brother of 2 chests made by Japanese royalty craftsman Mazarin that was gifted to English royalty in the 18th century. The chest had been wrongly labeled in an auction at the turn of the 20th century as a Chinese chest, and made its way to this engineer. In 2013, after this engineer passed, an estate appraiser recognized it, relabeled it as an authentic Mazarin chest, and it sold to a museum in America for over 9 million dollars.
God is in the business of upgrading, finding and revealing great value. He is using the foolish things to confound the wise. He finds Saul, He finds Matthew. The Israelites were enslaved, but plundered Egypt without raising a sword. What man thought was trash, God may find as treasure. Here’s the problem, we get lots of trash in our lives, piles and piles of crud sometimes, and if we aren’t careful we will miss out on the treasure that is in that trash. We may throw away the things God brought us, quit early, walk away from the greatest gift because we got tired, or persecuted, misunderstood or offended. What Satan has meant for evil God can turn to good!