A Treasure Chest Full of Sand

 

It lies there on the beach, a worn out treasure chest filled with nothing but sand.  Around the scene are the remains of those that had fought one another to the death to try to acquire this worthless treasure.  While this dramatic scene depicts a different era in which pirates roamed the seas plundering the riches of others, it plays out in various ways to this very day as people get caught up in getting ahead, climbing over others, harming others, doing whatever it takes to get the treasures of this world.
 
Unfortunately for most, when the treasure chest is opened, it is found to be nothing but sand, and there is only fleeting satisfaction, if any at all. When real difficulties in life occur, the one that has pursued these treasures of the world finds that they bring little comfort, and their own world begins to collapse.  Jesus said this,““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
 
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall”” (Matthew 7:24–27).
 
This is not a call to asceticism, this is not to say that having things in this life is bad.  In fact, we must be a people that acknowledge that all of the blessings that we have are from God, the giver of all good gifts (James 1:17).  Abraham was an exceedingly wealthy man (Genesis 13:1-2), yet he was not defined as a person by his wealth, it was not where he placed his trust.  He was a man looking for a city built with foundations, a home with God.  Therefore, when he was told by God to give up his most precious treasure, his son, he was willing to comply (Hebrews 11:13-19).  There is a treasure for which we, like Abraham, should give all we have, the kingdom of heaven.
““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).
While we have nothing to offer that could purchase such a gift, our Lord offered Himself on a cross, to purchase you and me, His kingdom.  He offered Himself, a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).  We then respond in love to that most precious gift and focus our life and our treasure on Him (1 John 4:17-19).
 
All Scripture Quotations from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Edition: Third, Copyright: Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
 
- John Manor IV
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