Who likes finding treasure? Me!
Who doesn’t like finding a treasure? No one. So we are starting on the premise that everyone likes to think that they have found something that is really precious. For some, it might be jewellery (that’s their treasure of choice), for some, money, for some a rewarding job, and for some relief from long-term pain. Can you imagine if the cure for cancer was discovered? All who suffer from cancer could just take a course of treatment for a few days and then be rid of cancer, for good? Oh, what a treasure that would be?
There are treasures out there to be found, the treasure that would do us so much good if only we would patiently search to find it. I am excited about the prospect of finding treasure! I am reminded of a treasure finding experience in the Bible in Matthew 13:44: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
This is a parable. (A story with a special meaning attached), however, it goes some way to describe how valuable heaven is and should be for us. For whatever reason, this man was digging in someone else’s field, don’t ask me what he was looking for but he was digging. He comes across some ‘treasure’, and what does he do? He goes home, has a big yard sale, perhaps an auction as well just so he can get enough money to go buy that property that he was digging. He wants that treasure so much that he is willing to get rid of all his treasured possessions because he knows this new treasure that he found was worth much more than all his possessions!
Are you willing to give up your ‘treasures’ to gain this eternal treasure which Christ is offering as a free gift to all who would accept the offer? You would be mad not to!
Our souls are so precious to God; He would want none of us to be lost. He offers the free gift of salvation but He will not force it on anyone. He wants desperately to save us, He really does and He rejoices when someone chooses to live eternally with Him in His Kingdom rather than choose not to. In fact, I can just imagine the amazing praise party that must go on in heaven each time a sinner turns to Christ. To Him we are lost treasure! He seeks us. He finds us, we find Him and then the angelic host rejoice when we submit.
Reminds me of another story in the Bible from Luke 15: 8-10: Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbours: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ We are the lost coin. The party with the woman and her neighbours represent the praise party the angelic host have every time a ‘lost treasure’ is found.
Are you lost treasure just waiting to be found? Does anyone know that you are lost? God knows! Does He care about the fact that you are lost? You bet He does. He wants to save you. He wants to put out the welcome mat. He wants to throw the biggest praise party ever. He wants to put on the best party food and He wants you to help Him celebrate when more lost treasure is found. If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Be lost treasure, found.