My husband and I love watching movies or documentaries about treasure, especially, treasure that has been lost at sea. It is fascinating to see how much effort people put into researching a ship’s history, its voyages, the people on board it and all events surrounding its tragic disappearance at sea. Many spend their entire lives searching for a treasure – perhaps they are just after the feeling of accomplishment. Maybe it is the fame that comes with finding an impossible-to-find treasure! It could also be the monetary aspect of finding a treasure – what kind of money will I get for this treasure and what will I do with it. Whatever the reason might be for pursuing a quest to find a lost treasure, people put their lives and relationships on hold in order to do it, and in many cases, they will never find what they spent their whole life looking for.
I also find it interesting that in many fantasy stories we can find treasure too. Take the world of Middle Earth, for example, where Dwarves dug so deep in the earth that they found so many gems and treasures untold. The mines of Moria and the kingdom of Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) are good examples of places where such treasures were found.
We also can see what happened to those who found such treasures. In the case of Erebor (spoiler alert!) the king was consumed by a sickness of the mind and all he could see was the gold, all he wanted was the gold and it transformed him into a greedy and unkind man. His treasure brought him and his people more sorrow than happiness as the treasure was coveted by a dragon – destruction and death came to that kingdom and survivors were scattered.
What are some of the things people might regard as treasure in real life? Is it the jackpot on Euro Millions? Maybe it is the multi-million-pound mansion, the shiny new Tesla in the garage, the Rolls-Royce, the jaw dropping magnificent Mega-Yacht moored in a Marina somewhere exotic, expensive and nice. For some it will be anything Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Prada, any Picasso and so on. For some their treasure is their fame and reputation. The things people desire the most will be their treasures. Some will spend all their effort in order to find these treasures.
I know about a treasure which is far greater in value and far more important than any treasure ever found or yet to be found. That treasure is a relationship with the Creator, Mighty Saviour, Ruler of all things – God.
God created all humans in his image (Genesis 1:26-27), and He set eternity
in the hearts of man and only He can fill it (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He is the only treasure which will satisfy us. All good treasure hunting involves research, adventure, discovery to be made along the way. Tools are needed for the journey and, of course, a map.
The Bible is the place we need to journey to when it comes to “finding” our relationship with God. In a treasure map the “x” marks the spot where the treasure is hidden. The same can be said of our terrain and our map to finding our most valuable treasure. Jesus marks the spot. It is through Him that we gain access to the Father. Jesus said in John 14:6-7
“6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Jesus is the only way to the Father. God loves each one of us and He desires to have a relationship with us. Some might find it difficult to have a relationship with an invisible God. The Bible tells us all we need to know about God and as it is stated above in verse 7 of John 14, Jesus said: “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.”
In Colossians 1:15-20 Paul gives us a bit more details about Jesus:
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Jesus’s perfect sinless life, His death in our place and his resurrection mark the “x” on our most amazing and interesting treasure map of all time. All we need now is to start our journey and begin to dig. We need to read our Bibles with enthusiasm and dedication in order to discover the gems hidden in each page, between each line and story about our Father God. We must ask the questions in our hearts and look for the answers deep within the sacred lines penned for our benefit, through the work of the Holy Spirit. What an amazing Creator, God and Lord we have! He loves us in this way, that He sent His Son to die for us and to be the way back to a relationship with Him. (John 3:16)
Happy treasure hunting!
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