Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)
Many of us have as children seen the movies where someone finds a map that shows a place marked out on the map of a buried treasure. The person or persons that find such a map are thrilled or excited beyond containment in anticipation of what actually they might find in the buried treasure. They eagerly begin on a pursuit to understand and follow every detail of the map to find the hidden treasure. They are willing to go through all sorts of danger and hardship just to get to the location on the map so that they can begin digging to uncover their buried treasure. They will not allow themselves to be distracted at all. They have no idea if anything is in the location of the supposed treasure at all, but many still are willing to risk life and limb searching for the treasure.
Is it not amazing the things we human beings will subject ourselves to for something that is temporary. Even if the person or persons finds billions of dollars in the treasure location that is still something that will not last forever. Now let us think of this for a moment please. If the secular man is willing to put himself through so much for a temporary thing, how much more are we the blood bought children of the living God supposed to search out in the Word of God by the Power of God the Holy Spirit all the spiritual blessings we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”, wow did you catch what Paul said, “has blessed us”, this is past tense Beloved, which means we already have all of them whether we have discovered any of them or not. I want to discover as many as I can while sojourning down here.
I desire to be like those men during the gold rush in the mid 1800's. When James Marshall found gold on January 24, 1848 near the Sacramento Rivers, it unleashed a massive migration of humanity from all around the world of men seeking to find their treasure that would financially set them and their families for the rest of their earthly lives.
Taken from the transcript of the PBS film “The Gold Rush” aired in 2006 on PBS, “With head-spinning speed, these gold-seekers created one of the most extraordinary societies in history -- hard-driving, overwhelmingly male, often brutal. The Gold Rush was a remarkably international event; in short order, gold-seekers from Oregon and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Mexico, Chile, England, France, Australia, Ireland, and China were soon knee-deep in water in the diggings. Each found themselves playing the Great California Lottery, in which luck not hard work or honesty, seemed the key to success.”
1 Corinthians 9:25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate (exercises self-control) in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. (NKJV)
The great gold rush sparked by the discovery of James Marshall brought men from all around the world seeking earthly treasure. The death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have likewise drawn men from around the world to the foot of His blood drenched cross. However, our treasure in Him is not perishable, but it is eternal. We should have far more vigor and vitality to search out the great promises (treasures) in the Word of God as the Holy Spirit guides us into all spiritual truth in Christ Jesus.
Are we as professing Christians knee-deep in the Word of God daily tirelessly searching out our spiritual blessings that already belong to the children of God. The men who migrated to California were relentless, focused, single minded, and exemplified tunnel vision while seeking to find their own personal treasure of earthly gold.
Our Lord and Savior told us in the parable of the unjust steward that, “The sons of this world are shrewder in their generation than the sons of light.” Why is this true? I have often asked myself this question every time I read this parable from our Lord and Savior. Should not we be far more diligent, persistent, and eagerly seeking spiritual riches than the natural man with his temporary earthly wealth should.
I am continually perplexed in seeing the world ling striving, fighting, battling, and laboring with steadfastness as I watch many professing Christians living as spiritual couch potatoes. We are the ones with the eternal or everlasting blessings and not the natural man. The Bible says the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolish to him, but in many instances it appears to me to be in the reverse order.
Much long time professing Christians appear to be spiritual babies needing their diapers changed and requiring burping all the time. We are to grow up spiritually and begin to eat the meat of the Word of God. We ought to with a burning desire search out and discover as many of the promised treasures we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as possible. Driven to the point of exhaustion we must daily pursue intimacy with Christ. We should never settle for spiritual mediocrity. We should desire spiritual meat.
The Bible is the Book of Eternity. Everywhere in the Bible we can find blessed, bountiful, and beautiful pictures of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is flooded (no pun intended to Noah's ark) with pictures of Christ redemptive work on the cross, his burial, and resurrection. From the very beginning of man's disobedience in the Garden of Eden, we see the picture of how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would come to repair the damage we (man) wreaked.
As we are now born again by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, we should be able to see our Lord and Savior in practically every passage of the Bible. Our spiritual eyes should be enlightened to such a degree that we see nothing save our Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is when we begin to use the mind of Christ, which we received when we were reborn.
Christ is not only our redemption, sanctification, justification, and our hope but He alone must become our Treasure. The things with which we once pursued must take a back seat to the pursuit of knowing and loving Him deeper and deeper every single day. Our passion should be that of a newborn infant baby in the physical world.
When a baby is first born he or she does not even know that they have hands, fingers, toes, ears, nose, eyes, etc. but as they grow and mature they begin to discover those parts of their own body. So it must be with us Beloved brother or sister in Christ, we must be like little new born babies drinking in the sincere milk of the Word of God and growing so by it that we are discovering new spiritual blessings in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continually.
How absolutely wonderful it is when the Spirit of God takes a promise from His Word and makes it real to us in our hearts and lives. When this happens we will see our lives transformed right now. We are slowly but surely having our hearts and wills made like unto Christ. Christ wants us to be living in His Victory that He purchased for us on Calvary and at His Resurrection and Ascension back to the Father. When we keep our affections set and focused on Christ and where He is at the Right hand of the Father, we will be able to much more clearly see or behold the blessings we have in Him and have them applied to our lives right now by the Holy Spirit.
Where is your treasure? Is it in this world? On the other hand, are you searching out with all diligence and asking God the Holy Spirit to make the promised spiritual blessings you have in Christ Jesus our Lord real in your life? Every new day of our walk with Christ should make the temporary pleasures of this world grow dimmer and dimmer in our hearts and minds.
Those still enslaved by this world system and its prince the devil cannot see what we see. Therefore, our lives should be so different from their lives that they should easily detect it. They should not be able to hold up corruption in the face of any follower of Christ and use it as an excuse for their rejection of the Blessed Savior. Let us so be seeking the treasures of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that those outside of His loving and powerful grace desire to know why we have such a new walk and talk every day.
This present earth and everything on it Christ will judge by fire as the Apostle Peter writes for us in 2 Peter 3. Why would we allow ourselves to grow fond of something that has such a sure end? Do we not fully trust the Word of God? Do we doubt the promises of God the Father? Christ allows us to remain down here for the singular purpose of glorifying Him and witnessing of the awesome salvation that is in Him to those who are still in the bondage and chains of sin, darkness, and the devil’s hateful grip.
As Ambassadors of the King of Kings, we are to have our treasure in Him only and not in the things which we can see. As we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness in our daily lives, surely He will not allow us to go without the necessities we need to continue our sojourn and pilgrimage down here. The earth is His and the fullness there of and what we need to continue His work will be abundantly supplied that He will be glorified in us His children.
Hebrews 11:23-27 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (KJV)
When the world witnesses His children burning for Him. When they see us constantly and continually speaking His gospel, His Word, and allowing that very same word to be lived in and through us, then whether they like it or not they will be compelled to confess that what we have in our Lord Jesus Christ is real and not some religious exercise or activities. The Lord Jesus Christ told us in the beatitudes that blessed is the man or woman pure in heart for they shall see God.
That is when we allow Christ to become the center of our very being daily. We will behold Him for He told us that He would make Himself visible to those of us who love Him by keeping His Word. What treasure is there upon the earth that can compare to seeing Christ right now? Is Christ real to you my Beloved brother or sister? He wants to be real to you in your daily life, not just on Sunday. Remember, He said, “I am a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”
You know the other entire world religions have many rules of conduct to live by, prayers to pray, and other ritual observances, but they lack the one ingredient the most important and that is God (the Lord Jesus). The other world religions appear to be like someone baking a cake without using any cake mix or flour. Without cake mix or flour you have no cake. Likewise the other religions are simply that religion absent the very God they purport to worship.
When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ freely left the ivory Palaces of Heaven to come into the very world He created, He was saying to every human being I love you and I want to be Your hearts treasure just come to me.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. (Quick Amplified Bible)
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author, Silent Assassins of the Soul (not yet published; coming soon)