Sunday, January 9, 2011

X Marks the Spot

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." - Matthew 6:19

I had the great pleasure of reading an exceptional book yesterday that got me thinking about today's topic of treasure and the subsequent scriptures pertaining to "treasure".

The book was called The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman and goes to tell the story of a marriage that is literally falling apart for the sake of keeping up appearances. In the end as the wife prepares to leave her husband, he confides in her that he is dying of cancer.

In life, we are all pursuing a better life for ourselves, one better than our parents had before us and one that we hope our children will make better for themselves. Yet in the search for that "something better" we lose heart. What we seek in this life and in this world often come back empty, like sand falling between the cracks of our hands or trying to keep water in your palm.

No matter how grand our efforts we are rarely ever satisfied. Does it dawn on us that the life Jesus prepared for us wasn't supposed to be about striving after good deeds or works. That alone will never get us into our heavenly home, just the gift of grace from God does that. Nothing we do, will provide lasting happiness. No amount of money, homes, vacations, married spouses, children, or volunteering.

No the only happiness can come from believing in God, and walking in His ways, listening to His word, and abiding in His laws as best as we can. So while people will spend their lives searching for treasure, Jesus is the only treasure in which "X" marks the True Treasure and lasting happiness.

Don't believe me, wondering if it can all be real, try to Bible for 30 days. Read the book of John and keep going from there until you reach the end of your 30 days. In that time, I pray that any of you that take this journey for real treasure will not be disappointed and God will reveal Himself to you and you will never be the same. Welcome to the treasure hunt!


Rita said...

And what a treasure we have when we find Him, the greatest treasure of all. A wonderful post! Have a great week!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Amen! What a great post and a wonderful idea. Thank you.

Tina said...

seems all of my blog reading today are in cahoots with one another!
Guess that's a good thing :)

Jules said...

Well said! And so very true!!!

LV said...

We own nothing ourselves in this world. It all belongs to the higher power. Worldly things should never be so important.

Loren said...

I am reading this book as well and love it! Great thoughts shared today Kat!

The emptiness is only filled with the True and Unconditional Love of Christ! HE sees us as HIS Treasure full of beauty and splendor.... that is soo cool if we can truly grasp that isn't it :)???

Love you and praying all of you are feeling better and better! Soo sorry to hear it has gone to Steve now :(

Love you my friend!

David C Brown said...

"'Tis the treasure we've found in His love
That has made us now pilgrims below ..." An old hymn by J N Darby comes to mind.

wendy said...

Like the saying goes....All that glitters is not GOLD

Have to hang on to those "truths" that sustain us and have substance.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you Kat!!!
God Bless

Sassy Granny ... said...

No wonder it's called the "pearl of great price/worth"!

Until our searching finds it's resolve in Him, we will run hither & fro to find it everywhere else.

May we be content in Him.

Great post!