A Treasure Worth Finding

Most are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the Hidden Treasure in Matthew 13:44: “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.” The primary truth here is that Jesus himself is the treasure worth selling everything in order to possess, and such a sacrifice can be pursued with “joy” because of the preciousness of gaining Eternal Friendship with Christ, now and forever, under His good and wise reign.

But I think there’s another deep truth hidden under the surface as well that we need to remember—daily, or even hourly. The rest of the biblical story and heart of the gospel teaches that you and I are the treasure that Christ himself finds buried beneath the muck and mire of our sin-stained lives. He finds us (hopefully) waiting and ready to be pulled out of the dirt, cleaned up and polished like a priceless gem in His hands.

Anticipating in advance all who would say “Yes” to his love, he ran off “in his joy” to endure the cross (cf. Heb. 12:2) and gave up all he had— his very life—in order to win our heart and purchase our life with his own blood (1 Cor. 6:20). We are the apple of His eye, and He sings over us with unconditional love, and “His banner over me is love” (Songs 2:4) even on our worst days when we feel worthless, abandoned and alone. 

Let us try to remember we are that priceless treasure Christ was willing to sell everything to possess because I know we often get the opposite message from others and from that accusing voice within.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jer. 31:3).

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