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Dad’s Hidden Treasure

What's left?  An urn.  Couple signs.  A bunch of memories.  Some good . . . some bad.  A sort of melancholic, lingering, wish that things had been different.  And strangely enough, some pride to be my father's son and gratitude for eyes to see & and appreciate a big God and some idea of what it means to be a real man and a real man of God.  I learned so much from my Dad and so much in spite of him.  I've tried to be like him and I've tried not to be like him.  I'm relieved that he made it to heaven but I wish that I had a chance to talk to him here as a saved man.

" “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." (Matthew 13:44, NIV) [1]

[     The treasure was unknown to the land owner.  Unexplored.  Do we live with undiscovered treasure?  His discovery did not give him the right to claim it.  Ownership was established.  The treasure was worth more than the field that it was in and worth more than anything else that he had.  He sold everything which allowed him to purchase the field and gain ownership to a treasure that he could never possess otherwise.

[     The treasure was deliberately hidden by someone.  What if I suggested to you that the treasure of God is hidden?  So that people won’t find it?  No, so that they will have to look for it.  That requires a “want to”.  Some people just won’t move things – my wife is always teasing me that I can’t see what is clearly in front of my face. I look in the refrigerator and can’t find things because I won’t move other things.

" We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." (1 Corinthians 2:6-8, NIV) [2]

[     Some people are always looking for treasure on someone else’s lands  - the grass is always greener.  I know of people who come to New Brunswick to see the beauty that we ignore.

[     Value is a totally relative thing.  There are things that I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for.  High fashion is one of those things – garments that are sold for ungodly prices that in my mind are ugly – therefore to me they have absolutely no value.

[     Value is not established by it’s price tag.  Value is determined not by what you pay for it but by what you have to give up to get it.  This man went a sold all that he had.  And h did it with joy.  He realized that in giving everything he had he was finding something worth far more.

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   Some say, dedicate the heart and the money will follow; but our Lord put it the other way around.  "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  If your treasure is dedicated, your heart will be dedicated.  If it is not, it simply won't.  It is as simple as that. 

   -- G. Timothy Johnson in the Covenant Companion (Sept. 1990).  Christianity Today, Vol. 34, no. 15.


[1]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[2]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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