Guest Blogger: Gena Lakeman – Hitting Pay Dirt
Each week we have the pleasure of having King of Kings member Gena Lakeman write a blog to go with our weekend worship message. Interested in being a guest blogger as well? Contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine taking your dog for a walk, watching her run and play in the grass, listening to the birds and the calmness of nature all around you, smelling the fresh scents of springtime almost, but not quite, on the horizon. Imagine thinking as you are walking about the difficulties of life, the downturn of the economy personally affecting you, loss of job perhaps, struggles to pay bills. Then you happen to notice something shiny, sparkling from the ground in the shadow of an old tree. For some reason you decide to investigate the glimmer that caught your eye, only to discover the sparkle is an indicator of a buried treasure over a hundred years old and worth millions of dollars. Consider for a moment how that discovery would make you feel, especially in a time of financial struggle in your life.
Remarkably, this actually happened just a few short months ago to a Northern California couple. They decided to take their dog for a walk on their property and happened to notice something in the dirt, in the shadow of a tree. They began digging and discovered over $10 million worth of gold coins, buried in eight metal cans. The coins dated from 1847 to 1894 and all were in pristine condition. Some believe they were buried right after they were minted. At least 15 of the coins are considered to the be finest known for their date and mint mark. One coin alone, the 1866-S No Motto Double Eagle, is valued at close to $1 million. Because paper money was illegal in California until the 1870’s, it is extremely rare to find any coins from before that time, which also contributes to the extreme value of the coins. It has been decided by professionals that this discovery is the largest treasure find of its kind in U.S. history.
While this is a remarkable, almost unbelievable story, it pales in comparison to the ultimate treasure that is hidden in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:2-3 tells us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, along with the mystery of God himself, are hidden in Christ. Christ is our ultimate treasure! Jesus himself is the wisdom from God providing us righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). God tells us in James 1:5 that if we lack wisdom, to just ask for it, and he will generously give it to us without finding any fault. That is a treasure that is far above all of the finest, most pristine, gold coins on the earth.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
So, where is your treasure? Are you looking for it among the shadows of the tree, buried in the ground, hoping to hit pay dirt? Or, are you looking for it in the one who hung from the tree to save you and give you life eternal?