Hidden Treasures

A few months ago (pre-COVID), I was doing some grocery shopping with my two little guys (ages 3 and 5). If you’ve ever been shopping with small children before, you understand the difficult task I had ahead of me. Getting ready to leave, my youngest saw a small bag of gold coins near the register and he just HAD to have them.

To avoid a dramatic scene, I caved into his request and threw them in my cart. We got home and Lucas proceeded to play with them all afternoon; stacking them in piles, pretending to buy things at the store, and carrying them around the house showing everyone his treasures. He was so busy admiring them, he had no idea that inside his golden coins was something even more exciting – CHOCOLATE. (He discovered this later when one started to melt in his hand.)

It made me think about all the gifts God gives us in our lives that we take for granted. Especially in the midst of this season of constant adjustments, it’s important to remember all the blessings we have in our lives and try to be a blessing to others as well.

We enjoy our friends because they are fun and pleasant to be around, but are we challenging and learning from each other?

We love going to church because we get to be social and enjoy free coffee, but are we engaging in worship and applying the lessons we hear from the word of God every Sunday?

Or maybe we enjoy watching church online, but are we preparing our hearts for the upcoming service by spending time with God throughout the week?

We keep our Bible on our nightstands and hope to read a couple of verses before we fall asleep at night, but are we meditating on and applying the word of God in our everyday lives?

We keep a stack of Christian theology books on our shelves, but are we reading them with the intent to grow in our faith and learn from others that have gone before us?

What hidden treasures do you have in your life? Let’s stop being lukewarm Christians and bring God all the glory in everything we do. Let’s live with an attitude of awe, appreciation, and thankfulness. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What if we chose to pray with our friends rather than gossip with them?

What if we revered church as a sacred place to bring God glory, rather than just part of our Sunday routine?

What if we turned off the TV and read the Bible, and asked how we can apply it to our life?

What if we read books with an open mind instead of a critical heart, and looked for nuggets of truth in all we consume?

What if we actively engaged in loving our Savior, by obeying his Word and spending quality time with him?

We could all dig a little deeper in our walk with Christ. When we keep Jesus at the center, it’s easier to see our treasures at their full worth and lead richer lives, alive in the saving grace and work of Christ.
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