Here’s a sobering thought: all treasures on earth will pass away. Nothing will remain except that which comes from our eternal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
A hummingbird got its beak stuck in my window screen one day when it mistook my red fruit bowl for a flower. It freed itself, thankfully. As hummers flit from one flower blossom to another, sometimes they encounter nectar stored so deep, they appear to nearly bury themselves in the blossom. They find its food value worth the effort.
Anything valuable is worth digging deeply for, like precious gems that lay hidden beneath the earth’s surface. It doesn’t come easily, either.
Unfortunately, sometimes we dig deeply for the wrong thing, believing it holds value for us. Our “value-ometer” goes haywire and we end up like the poor hummingbird that zoomed in on the counterfeit. We sometimes settle for a cheap imitation.
Jesus spoke in parables about the riches of His kingdom: a woman searched her house, sweeping it clean until she found her lost coin and then rejoiced with her neighbors; a man lost one sheep out of a hundred yet searched until he found it and then joyfully told his friends.
The joy we receive in finding a treasure doesn’t compare to the joy God ad His angels express when one soul opens up to Him. “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10) God considers each of us as His treasure. And when we seek and find Him, we count Him as our greatest treasure—the giver of freedom from sin, abundant blessings and eternal life.
“I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great treasure,” Psalm 119:162 tells us.
Jesus taught: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Lord, cause us to keep our eyes on You, through Your Word and prayer, as we dig deeper for Your eternal treasure. In Jesus’ name, amen.