When we hear of treasures, we imagine very expensive and valuable things. For anything to be considered to be a treasure, it must indeed be very valuable.
Today we do not have many treasures buried by wealthy people. In the olden days there were no banks or safes. Treasures were buried in the ground. Achan buried the treasures he had found in the raid of Jericho in the ground and it angered God. (Joshua 7:19-23) It is believed that there are still many treasures buried in the deserts of the Middle East from ancient kings and wealthy people.
Valuable things are kept well and protected. They are in safes and vaults. Some we even take to the bank to keep them safe because we do not want to risk them being damaged, lost or stolen.
In this series, we are going to investigate what God considers as treasure and weigh it against what we value. As believers, we know that God wants the best for us. We have scriptures that support these facts. Indeed, God says He will not withhold anything good from us.
Let’s begin with Prov 2:1-5
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out to insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”God has likened His word to a treasure.
Treasures are not easily found; you must work hard to get them. Gold is mined many kilometers under the earth. Diamond is hidden in mines that run kilometers under the earth. Oil is found under hard rocks under the earth, so is iron, rubies, emerald and all others precious metals. We must dig deep and sift through tonnes and tonnes of rumbles of rock to get a small amount of precious metals.
Wars have been fought throughout centuries over precious metals. Millions of monies spent protecting valuables.
Nations and people invest a lot to protect their treasure. Right from your VIRO or Tri-cycle padlock on your door to complicated security systems are all meant to protect what we have acquired in life.
God wants us to mine treasures through His word. He says when we gain it, we shall have access to the knowledge of His riches.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel who summons you by name”
In my understanding this means that as Christians we have direct access to the secret things of God. He wants to share His secrets with us and that includes means of doing business in a God honoring way and making money.
“And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”
The mystery of God is revealed through Jesus Christ. When we know Christ, we shall receive the key that unlocks the hidden treasure of God.
The economy of God is not measured by how many zeros are behind the numbers, but by the impact it makes to change and transform lives.
It is good to treasure things of value in the world; God will give them to us according to His riches in glory. It is good to work hard and acquire wealth and God will bless us with many riches, but only through wisdom, is the secret revealed that we must treasure the owner of all treasures who gives it to us without measure.
Life is an adventure. We are ever trying to get more and know more. But wisdom is to make life an adventure of daily trying to find and know Christ who holds the key to the treasures of the world and the soon coming kingdom of God.
Do you treasure Christ? What takes more of your time?
Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
It requires sacrifice of self in all ways either in material, work, relationships even family at times to find true satisfaction which is found solely in Christ.
Jesus told His disciples in Luke 12:33 “Sell all your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
Right now, what would you say is your treasure? What does your heart long for?
Jesus says in Mathew 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.”
Do you love God enough to sell all you have to pursue Him? Sacrificing your relationships, time, materials, work etc.
“Those who feared the Lord talked with each other and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. “They will be mine” says the Lord almighty. In the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.”
When you love God and seek after Him, He will make you His treasure. You will be worthy more than rubies or precious gold. He values you so much that He gave His son to die for you. You are His precious treasure.
- Give up all: The kingdom of God is like a great treasure, those who have found it are willing to give all that they have to receive this treasure. The world is different, we are willing to give up all that we have in God to gain the whole world. What a tragedy! There is truly no regret in giving all that we have to receive so much in God.
- Keep the treasure: To the world, we may not look like we have achieved much, but what we have acquired lasts eternally. We must not exchange our treasure with what is here today and tomorrow it is gone.
- Dig Deep: You have to dig to find the real treasure. Do not count what you have lost; trust God and dig deeper, stuff of value is found deep down. Nothing of value is found on the surface.
- Count no cost: The promises of discovery far outweigh the risks of finding. Many have spent years and their fortunes looking for riches, joy and satisfaction. What we receive in God cannot be compared to what we give. No treasure hunter counts the cost.
Finally, Do not hung on to your little wealth! come and discover the great treasure in the kingdom of God. In God’s kingdom we always gain more than we give away. The treasures of God are worthy much more and cannot be compared to anything we have. The word of God is the road map to the hidden treasures; treasure it for in it is hidden such great wealth.