Day 53 – Inexhaustible Treasures
Brother Lawrence wrote, “How happy we would be if we could only find the treasure of which the gospel speaks; nothing else would matter. Since it is inexhaustible, the more we search, the more riches we find. Let us devote ourselves ceaselessly to looking for it; let us not grow weary until we have found it.”
The idea of finding a treasure and paying only a fraction of its value stirs us. We go after it.
That’s how Jesus described the kingdom of heaven – like a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl found of great value (Matthew 13:44-46).
Whatever the cost of the field or the pearl, the treasure is worth far more. God’s kingdom is so valuable that it calls for my total investment. For Brother Lawrence, nothing else matters.
Anything that would stand in the way of our wholehearted allegiance to Christ and the priorities of his kingdom we abandon. We sell out for God.
Paradoxically, salvation is free, yet costs us everything. Knowing Christ is free, yet costs us everything. Being with Christ, becoming like Christ, living for Christ are all free, yet cost us everything.
As missionary Jim Elliot wrote shortly before he was martyred by the Auca Indians to whom he had gone to serve, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
And the more we search after God, the more riches we find, for the treasures of God are inexhaustible.
Paul, for example, describes God’s “incomparably great power [available] for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:19-20).
Power to live the Christian life. Power to receive answers to prayer. Power to do things for God that will make a difference. Inestimable, inexhaustible treasures.
And God himself is hidden treasure. We find him. “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
“Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10). With God, there is always more.
Action Step: Make a list of the spiritual riches you’ve found.
This is God’s Word for you today,