To Treasure Christ
Life on earth is a gift. It can be such a good gift at times that we lose focus on our true treasure. We can get caught up in relationships, the things of the world, and our own agenda. These things, while good blessings, are not to be our true focus. Jesus is our treasure.
Because of Jesus, we can have peace with and hope in God. We can have hope for life as we were meant to experience it before sin. We can have the hope of being with our Savior who gave Himself for us. That is the treasure. That is where we find true joy.
Lately, I’ve been praying God would help Christ to be my treasure. In sure fashion, He is answering that prayer. He is convicting me. I’m being reminded that all of my stuff could be taken away in an instant or will one day find it’s way to a trash heap. People are failing me. When these things happen, we turn to the one who never fails us. Sadly, He can be a last resort—ashamedly even.
In reality, He should be our sure hope and our firm foundation. When people, things, and situations fail us we should not be shaken because our confidence is in the One who laid down His life for us. He is a sure and steady anchor. He holds us fast. He draws us near. When we experience failure we calmly express, “It’s ok. I still have Christ.” We cling tight to Him knowing that He clings tight to us.
We, above all people, should not be easily shaken. We are a people with imperishable wealth. We are a people with imperishable hope. We are a people who have already died so where will we find fear?
It can be so easy to take our eyes off of Christ. Just as Peter began to sink when he looked away from his Lord out on the water, so we too sink when we take our gaze off of Him. It may be a slow plunge, but soon we will find ourselves neck deep in the water crying, “Help me Lord!” Time and time again He comes to our rescue.
If anything, I’ve written these thoughts for myself today, but I share it with the hope someone else may need the reminder too. We cannot exhaust the beauty and gravity of what Jesus did for us when He voluntarily submitted Himself to the wrath of His Father. When we meditate on it we find a never-ending spring of comfort, joy, and hope to drink from. In Christ, we find true treasure.