FINDING TREASURES

  A number of years ago, there was a geologist by the name of Dr. Williamson who was doing some work in the country of Tanzania.  One day, he found himself driving in a deserted area, slipping and sliding along a rain-soaked road.  Suddenly his four wheel drive vehicle sank up to it axles in the mud and got stuck. Pulling out his shovel, he began diggging out of a mud hole. As he dug, his shovel uncovered something strange.  It was pink-like stone of some sort.  Being a geologist and naturally curious about rock formations, he picked it up and wiped away the mud.  The more mud he removed, the more excited he became, and could hardly believe what he saw.  When the stone was finally clean, Dr. Williamson was beside himself with joy.  He had discovered a diamond.  Now, not just any diamond.  But, he had found what became known as the famous pink diamond of Tanzania.  That stone today sits in the royal scepter of Great Britain, and Dr. Williamson is famous around the world for his find. 

  Jesus talked about finding treasures in Matthew the 13th chapter verses 44 and 45.  Hear these words, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like tresure 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.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”  

  Now, Jesus is comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to the priceless treasure found. The Kingdom of Heaven is the rule and reign of God in the hearts and minds of people.  Both of these parables teach us about the incomparable value of the Lord’s Kingdom, the Church.  Jesus has given us the right to become children of God.  How much is that worth to you?  He has offered us salvation through what He did on the Cross.  Pile up everything in this world on one side and put God’s presence- salvation (forgiveness of sins) on the other side and it still comes out lopsided.  The salvation of our soul is worth so much more.  Christ and His Kingdom are treasures beyond comparison.

  Remember the treasure…Each day can be a treasure hunt. When ever we read the Bible, we search for gold nuggets of truth left there to bless us and challenge us.  When we pray, we can expect treasures of comfort and power and guidance.  When we worship, we can expect the treasures of His love found in His presence.  There is joy in finding Jesus. There is no regret in leaving all to find and follow Christ. WE ARE RICH. Our wealth is in Christ. It is spiritual wealth not material, eternal wealth not temporary.  The Kingdom of God is within the reach of everyone. 

        Sing with new meaning: 
“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.
I’d rather be His than have riches untold.
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I’d rather be led by His nailed scared hand.
Than to be a King of a vast domain or be held in sins dread sway. 
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.”

 

4 Responses to “FINDING TREASURES”

  1. “A great message! Whle studying the Scriptures agian, I found another golden pearl and will more than likely find more. The last one I discovered is in Exodus 4 where God was upset with Moses. After checking it out I learn Moses did not remembered all of God’s plans. We are not to be slack in keeping God’s commands. The great evangelist, Sam Allen, who preached my ordination, had told me in the sermon he preached to study, study, study. Oh this is what happens when we study the Scripures. We learn of these precious gems.

  2. Max , the older I become , the sweeter the word becomes to me. I have discovered so many beautiful “Pearls ” In the scriptures. I know they have been there all along, but each time I read God’s Word I discover something new and beautiful !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  3. Just want to say how your devotions are treasures

  4. Just want to say your articles are treasures

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