“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!