The Treasure Hunt:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46).
When I was younger, I was thrilled by movie heroes like Indiana Jones. He was always on a quest or adventure of some sort. From Raiders of the Lost Ark to the Last Crusade – a quest for the Holy Grail – it was a life of excitement, danger, thrills and chills. In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a hidden treasure or a pearl of great price. This is a treasure worth hunting for! If we could catch but one brief glimpse of the value of this treasure today, I believe that it would motivate us to spend our lives seeking to have it for our own. Let the adventure begin.
What is the treasure that is hidden in this field? The treasure of course is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:6-7). Is there a greater treasure than this? To know Jesus is to know the love of God and to know life eternal. Let me share a story with you about a young teenage girl who came to know how precious the Lord is…
Lynn DeShazo learned to play guitar at age 11, the same year she became a Christian. During her teen years, she listened closely to the radio and developed a good ear for popular music. As a freshman in college, Lynn’s musical and devotional life began to blend…After graduating in 1978, Lynn took a humble job to support her involvement with a campus ministry at AuburnUniversity. “I did the thing that all parents hope their child will do upon graduating,” she says, laughing, “I went to work for McDonald’s!” It was a time for her to discover praise and worship, but also to learn spiritual disciplines, including fasting.
One foodless Wednesday her manager placed her on “fryer duty” at work, where she and buckets of French fries began a battle of the wills. “Those fries just kept getting bigger as the day went on,” she says. “I began to meditate on those fries.” After looking to the left and to the right, she helped herself. Immediately waves of guilt washed over her. When her shift was completed, she went to the Lord and repented. Lynn was impressed immediately with Colossians 2:3, that in Christ is “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” With this, “for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her,” from Psalm 8:11. “In my spirit, I believe God linked those things together and I began to worship the Lord and sing. The song just came out of my heart in worship to the Lord; I had a sense of God’s presence and that He had really given me something.”
This is the song she wrote…
- Lord, You are more precious than silver,
- Lord, You are more costly than gold
- Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds,
- and nothing I desire compares with You
What is the treasure you seek? Is it riches, fame, success or prosperity? Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21). Have you put your treasure in earthly things? Or have you found the joy that comes from finding the True Treasure, the Pearl of Great Price, the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Fairest of Ten Thousand, the Altogether Lovely One? There is nothing on Earth that will satisfy you like knowing Jesus.
I can’t describe the value, the worth, or the blessings of knowing Him—rather I want to challenge you to take up the treasure hunt for yourself. “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 10:21).
Pastor Chris Jordan