Unburying Buried Treasure of No Eternal Value
Did you know that there is buried treasure in Arkansas? Many years ago, I saw a story on a treasure hunter searching for Arkansas’ lost treasures from the civil war. A group of southern militants thought that the southern states would rise up against the north and need money. So they buried treasure all over the hills of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
We know the lengths to which men will go looking for treasure. Yet such treasure is fleeting and only lasts while one is alive long enough to make use of it. There is, however, a treasure upon which time has no grasp and upon which there is no limit of use or value. What is that treasure and where is it? Jesus spoke of this treasure in Matthew 13:44, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” The kingdom of heaven is that great treasure. Unlike having to spend millions of dollars to unearth, uncover, or salvage from the depths of the sea a physical treasure, the treasure that Jesus’ offers is free and available to all.
What hinders a person from discovering this treasure? Their own perception of its value. Jesus knew this as well. In Matthew 6:19-21 He said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” We value what we treasure, and what we treasure is where our heart belongs. What buried treasure will you unbury this week? God bless you, and I love you.