There is a place near our house that has a ton of fossils. You can become a member or pay per visit and dig for fossils. I took my kids there back in August because they also had telescopes set up in the evening to look at solar flares. At first, the kids were disappointed because they were not finding any fossils. I think they were expecting the fossils to just come to the surface on their own. Once they finally found a spot to park and dig around a little, they found a lot more fossils than they expected to find. We came home with a small treasure, but I think it was more rewarding to have that treasure because we had to look for it. Spiritually speaking, there is a great treasure waiting to be found as well; please read Colossians 2:1-5.
What do you think the world values today? What does your culture value? Is it money, or an important job? Maybe it is nice clothes or entertainment. The book of Colossians is a letter written by Paul to the church in Colosse that had Gnosticism banging on its door. Gnosticism placed high value on knowledge and felt that anything material was evil. There was a pure and perfect god who was all knowledgeable and beyond our grasp - so much so that he was invisible. They believed that salvation was attained through a higher knowledge (gnosis), which was surrounded with a belief in mysticism. This higher knowledge would help the person know the mysteries of the universe. This knowledge was highly valued.
In these verses, Paul was reminding them that God already revealed the great mystery: Christ. What is the mystery? It is one that only the Holy Spirit can fully reveal and it is that Jesus is God. Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect human life and died on the cross in our place. He conquered death by rising again. We are free because of Christ. Paul writes, "In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (NLT) Have you ever thought of wisdom and knowledge as treasures? Yesterday, we read how Paul was able to share his wisdom with the church. Here we see where the wisdom and knowledge is found! It is a hidden treasure meant only for those who believe; however, there is a clear map leading right to it. If we are following Christ we will find the treasure. I am sure Paul wanted to shout from the roof tops, "Quit looking in the world - the hidden wisdom and knowledge are right in front of you. Stop looking at the surface and start digging!"
It makes me wonder what would happen in our world if everyone who followed Christ believed that He is our treasure and He holds the key to more hidden treasure? What if we lived as if Christ were our greatest treasure? What if we lived as though we valued godly wisdom and knowledge over whatever the world wanted us to believe? What would happen in our world today? What happens in our personal lives when we put Christ first?
What do you treasure?
This post is linked with Brag On God Friday.