The Greatest Treasure
Thursday - October 7th
Scripture to Read Today: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show
that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
After a long search for buried treasure, 349,999 people experienced deep disappointment. But, one man was thrilled. Last year a 10-decade long treasure hunt ended as one man found the intentionally buried treasure. Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, announced his hidden treasure's discovery last December. Fenn estimated that just about 350,000 people from all over the country and across the globe participated in the hunt. Some quit their jobs to dedicate their lives fully to the search, and some even died.
To encourage people during the Great Recession of a decade ago to get out and experience the outdoors, Fenn hid nearly $2 million in the Rocky Mountains to get people out of their homes and into the outdoors. Clues leading to the treasure's location were included in a 24-line poem published in Fenn's 2010 autobiography "The Thrill of the Chase."
"I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries," Fenn said on his website.
Discovering a treasure box is every kid's dream. The finder of the valuable stash has sought to keep his identity unknown. He confirmed his find by sending Fenn a picture of the treasure. Fenn confirmed the man's discovery.
The Scriptures are clear that we don't need silver or gold to have a treasure. Twice in the New Testament, Peter references his lack of silver or gold. He communicates that silver and gold are not what redeems us. But, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians chapter four that all who know Christ as Savior have a treasure. He says in verse seven, "We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."
What Paul talks about is worth far more than rubies, diamonds, and other precious gems. This treasure is a treasure God gives us. It isn't from a human source - not from us or anyone else. But, it is in us if we know Christ. We are jars of clay. We were made from the dust or clay of the earth. The treasure is the eternal, matchless hope of Christ. It can never spoil. It can never be taken from us.
This treasure in our hearts changes everything about our lives. There is just something incredible about what we have when we have the hope of Christ's Gospel in us. In verse eight, Paul talks about terrible things coming into our lives, but we have a powerful treasure in us that will cause us to overcome each challenge. We cannot be crushed with the hope of Christ, and we cannot reach a point of despair.
As we talk about the stewardship of our lives, we often think the greatest treasure we possess is our financial resources. But, ultimately, we are stewards of something far more significant. Remember, you have a treasure that provides you all that you need. The indwelling Christ and the richness of the Gospel can help you endure. When we have the hope of Christ deep in our hearts, we have the very best treasure anyone could ever find.
With the priceless treasure of Christ in us now and forever, everything about what we earn, possess and value here on earth changes. With this treasure, we are free to steward everything else in our lives (including our time, talents, and treasure) for God's glory!
What we have in Christ is worth far more than any treasure chest we could find on earth!