What is today’s net value of the treasure you have collected over your lifetime? After amassing a fairly enviable amount of wealth, and having a successful career, I discovered I still had a net loss—that is, most of my life had been spent digging in dirt and all I really had to show for it was a pile of stones. This startling thought was revealed to me when God reminded me of this verse: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
What had I sold everything I had and poured all my energy into? It was the things I believed were great treasures—like my career, success, and wealth—but I never considered making this kind of radical sacrifice for the kingdom of heaven.
Well, truthfully, I never viewed God’s gifts as so incredibly precious that it was worth giving everything over to Him. Thus, all my passion for life had been spent collecting stones. I wondered if I had missed all of the greatest things in life. But God was merciful and patient! He revealed His goodness to me and I discovered His treasure, which I’d been robbing myself of for my entire life. What was it? Himself.
After that first experience in His goodness, I became like a miner discovering his first vein of gold—I never want to go back to mining for worthless stones.
Christ is our “treasure” of heaven and He is to be enjoyed here on earth as well as in Heaven. Paul the Apostle prayed that God would give us the ability to spiritually grasp the height, depth, breadth, and length of Christ’s love. (Ephesians 3:14-19) Unless we grasp the pricelessness of God’s love, we will live scrabbling in the dirt to collect worthless stones instead of possessing the land where gold is buried. When we possess the gift of salvation, we’ve been given a gold mine; thus, we should live like we own it—not digging in the rock-mine He rescued us from.
God’s treasure is Himself, and His love, wisdom, strength, and all the benefits of knowing Him. When we search for Him as the greatest passion of our heart, we learn that it truly is great joy to give all we have to Him. When God is the greatest treasure of our heart, our riches are immeasurable.
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