My husband likes to call me a lot of different things, but my favourite is definitely when he calls me his precious treasure.
When he calls me this, it makes me feel like like I’m the most important thing in the world to him; it makes me feel beautiful and and it makes me feel loved. I am precious to him and he treasures me.
In the the bible there is a story about some very precious treasure. Treasure precious enough that a man was willing to give up literally everything that he had to get it, and a story important enough to be repeated.
44 “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.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Matthew 13: 44-46
Knowing Jesus is the greatest treasure that we can have, it is worth more than anything that we could own or any other relationship that we could have.
The men in these stories gave up everything they had to get their hands on some treasure. The kingdom of heaven, knowing Jesus and experiencing the love of God is a treasure is worth giving up everything for.
Coming to into a relationship with Jesus has an incredibly high cost: we have everything to lose, but we also have everything to gain. Yes coming to know Jesus, becoming a Christian may cost us a lot while we are on earth: it can cost us relationships, when people find out we no longer want to live as we used to; it can cost us money and possessions, time, and for some people it may even cost them their lives.
Becoming a Christian is definitely worth the risk of losing all these things, because what we have to gain is far greater. We store up our riches in heaven, in eternity, and we get to have an intimate relationship with God while we are on earth. The everything we have to gain is far greater than the everything that we have to lose.
The kingdom of heaven is a precious treasure, worth giving up everything for, but God also gave up the best thing he had for us. I think this is best described in one of my favourite children’s songs.
I’m special because God has loved me,
For He gave the best thing that he had to save me:
His own son Jesus crucified to take the blame
For all the bad things I have done.
Thank you, Jesus, thank you Lord,
For loving me so much;
I know I don’t deserve anything,
Help me feel your love right now,
And know deep in my heart that I’m your special friend.
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