If you are like me, the title just gave you an image in your mind of a pirate holding a compass and a map. He is steering his ship toward the hidden treasure on a lost island. We will not find pirate’s today, but we will search the Bible (our map) and utilize God’s Holy Spirit to guide us (our compass). Our search can be successful as we dig into treasures such as; overwhelming love, constant joy, internal peace, patience without stress, kindness to all, goodness overflowing, faithfulness that brings more hope, gentleness to all, and Self-Control, just to name a few.
The treasures are available to us but are we willing to dig in? If you are willing, be prepared for what you will find, life with purpose, with balance, and in full abundance. The reason we struggle to locate them is that we are not looking; our days are filled with other thoughts, task, and other less valuable treasures.
Matthew 13:44 ESV
“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.
He finds the treasure hidden. We are not told what was in the box, but this one sentence parable refers us to the Kingdom of Heaven. He immediately covers it and sells everything. If you are imagining yourself peaking into the treasure box; is the treasure a promise of happiness, freedom, or peace? The promise of a balanced lifestyle? Could it be a life fulfilled that brings more joy and confidence with each day? Then again maybe it’s just a normal treasure chest full of gold, silver, and precious coins, “Avast ye hearties”.
Matthew 6: 19-21 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
He sold everything; he has completely given up his life. Everything that seemed so important the day before, no longer is worth his time. He sells it all without any regret. What does he live on, how does he survive, and will he be accepted by the rest of the world?
Why was something of such great value buried in an open field for anyone to find. Afterall it is a piece of ground that is barren, desolate, and dry. I can hear some of you right now, “Why buy the field, just take the treasure?” True value and worth are not taken but received.
Mark 10: 17-22 ESV
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
This young businessman finds a great treasure, the best-known teacher on the planet was just a few feet away from him. He runs up to Him and kneels on the ground with one question that has been eating at him since he first understood that Eternal Life was available. This young businessman had already done so much with his life. He kept the law faithfully and created a business model few could copy. Yet, something was missing. It was not confidence, his willingness to walk up to Jesus and speak boldly of his accomplishments proves that. His success may have brought him joy, happiness, and a feeling of fulfilment? But there was still this question, “What must I do to inherit Eternal Life?” Jesus said to him, “Sell everything and give the money to the poor.” He walked away disheartened and sorrowful.
2 Corinthians 4: 4, 7 ESV
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Do you want to know about this valuable treasure? Jesus gave up everything in Heaven for an opportunity to live in these jars of clay. During His life He is often found in fields teaching nuggets of treasure to those who would listen. This treasure is exceedingly rare and finding it will take complete surrender. Once we see our self-created lives as fragile jars of clay in need of restoration, then the search is almost over.
Philippians 3: 13-14 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Whatever I have accomplished on this planet, it is time to surrender those things and leave them behind. Jesus was crucified in this jar of clay and then three days later he arose with a new body. We must without hesitation leave everything behind and strain toward the prize. This rare treasure ask of us only one thing; surrender, leave it all! I have great news, this treasure has already been purchased, Jesus supplied all the funds needed. The treasure we have found is Jesus residing in these restored jars of clay. Giving us the promise of living with Him in His Kingdom for Eternity.
Surrender and Follow Him, the value is worth the personal loss!