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The Key to Unlocking Your Hidden Treasure

By Lori D'Augostine
Guest Writer -- I love adventures, and I love looking for hidden treasures. I don't have to go far to find some. Sometimes it just requires a drive down memory lane.

My parent's attic is just full of treasure chests. There's nothing I love more than rummaging through old family photo albums.

The Bible says in Proverbs 2:1-5,

"My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments... if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will... find the knowledge of God."

The Bible is likened to a treasure in this verse. When you think of treasures, you might think of things like Treasure Island and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Most times treasures are hidden or locked away. There are usually adventures attached to the acquisition of treasures.

Indiana Jones' perilous crusade consisted of narrow escapes from rats, fire, gunmen, and a ship's propeller. It is only by the skin of his teeth that Jones' finally uncovers the location of the Holy Grail.

Jones' is willing to risk his life to find this treasure. This may seem rather extreme, but that's the kind of fervor we should have for the Word of God. Yes, our Bible's are not locked away in a vault, and today, it is still #1 on the Best-seller's List, but the Bible is worth more than a hidden treasure.

If we approach the Word of God like a hidden treasure, we gain total access to the knowledge or riches of God.

Isaiah 45:3 says,

"And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places..."

As Christians, we have direct access to the secret things of God. That's right -- God wants to share His secrets with us! Can you image this? Just picture God bowing near, cupping His hand, and whispering His secrets into your ear.

"Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth." (Ephesians 1:9-10)

God has made His secrets known to the world. Yet, not everyone will attune their ears. According to the verse above, the mystery of God is summed up in Christ.

Do you treasure Christ? Is your daily life an adventure to find only Him? Or are you trapped in an endless maze of self-discovery?

Jesus told His disciples to "sell all" for a treasure in the heavens. It often requires some sacrifice of self whether it be material possessions, job, relationship, etc... Your soul will never find true satisfaction until it rests solely in the riches of Christ.

So what is your treasure? What does your heart long for?

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Luke 12:33, 34)

The Bible also says that those who find God as their sole treasure will be a treasure unto Him:

"And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels." (Malachi 3:17)

You can be a treasure. As you draw closer to God, you will find that you become more and more like Him. You are as good as the treasure you seek.

He will also protect you and set you apart in a treasure chest. Only the most beautiful and precious jewels are kept for Him.

You are worth far more than rubies. You are worth so much that One man gave His life up for you to acquire you. Your hero is Jesus Christ, and He is vehemently pursuing you even now.

So, don't dismay. He has not stuck you on a shelf to collect dust. Don't hide. If He has the key to your heart, than you are free to shine your jewels. Your life is a treasure that the Lord admires.

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