Seeking Treasure

Have you ever found something you would give anything to get? Are you working and saving for that wonderful possession? Do you look for opportunities to obtain something of great worth? Do you know there is something worth more than this world freely available to you?

As we go through life, we all have yearnings for something. There is at least one expensive object we work and save for. For some of us, there are multiple objects of our desire. Unfortunately, we often spend all our time seeking them and miss the real treasure.

For most of us, the expensive objects we chase after are houses and cars. For some, it’s clothes and jewelry. For others, it may be furniture, musical instruments, campers, big vacations, and you fill in the blank. Each of us know what our material desire is.

We have an opportunity to gain a treasure beyond our comprehension, both in this life and in eternity. Many of us will think about an eternal life without thinking of having a reward in this life. Yet, we can have a wonderful life in the here and now.

We must first recognize the opportunity. We must understand the offer that has been made to us. God, in the gift of His Holy Spirit, has offered us a treasure in this life. He has provided us with a personal guide that will guide us through the tough times, grant us wisdom, and fill us with peace and calm. Doesn’t that sound like those would enrich our lives in the here and now?

We see in today’s passage that Jesus says the man is willing to sell all he owns for the treasure offered by God. What does that tell us about the treasure? It tells us the treasure is far better than we can imagine. We wouldn’t sell all we own for just anything. Can you imagine selling everything you own? I can’t. Yet, the treasure God provides is so profound and wonderful, the man is willing to sell everything.

Yet, here is the best news. The only cost to this treasure is to willingly accept the Holy Spirit into your life and allow Him to change you from the inside out. It can be scary giving up your old self. It is the fear of being rejected by our friends or family, rather than the joy of finding a wonderful treasure. We prefer to live with the less that we know, rather than taking a chance on something better that is unknown.

I pray we all take a chance on God. I pray we choose to leave our old life for a wonderful new one. I pray each one of us is willing to leave a life of drudgery for a life of joy. Find the treasure God is willing to give you. Rid yourself of your old ways. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out.

Matthew 13:44-46 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure 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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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