On the farm where I was raised there was area called the ‘Old Post Office’. It was the site of the first Wellsford Post office and the early Albertlander settlers of the late 1800’s would row up the creek and collect their mail. There was nothing left except the outline of an old well, but for a child there was treasure to be found.
I found it too. Pieces of old broken crockery and a cast iron oven door were excitedly dug up in my archaeological explore.
I had discovered treasure, nothing that was of any great monetary value, but I had unearthed an object from a state of hiddenness to being revealed to the world once more.
Jesus tells two wonderful little parables about discovery.
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.
“Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it. Matthew 13:44-46 (The Message)
Is there something within you that like that hidden treasure or pearl lies undiscovered?
Something that is of immense value, beauty and worth.
That when discovered by someone else they go to all sorts of lengths to bring it to the surface and reveal it’s beauty.
Many people however have a very strong belief that there is nothing of value or beauty within themselves. At the core of their thinking is a self loathing.
Larry Crabb describes it this way
There are times that I think of myself, that I have an image of myself, as a bright shiny red apple in the middle of a fruit bowl in the centre of a table. And when people look at me they sometimes see the shiny red apple and say, “That looks pretty good.” From a distance, I might not look too bad. I might look like a shiny red apple, and then maybe somebody takes a bite. And the first bite might be sweet. Get to know me a little bit, and I might be a pleasant guy and friendly and interested and involved and might even be helpful. But there is something inside of me that says if you take a second bite or a third bite or maybe a fourth bite, eventually, you are going to bite into the worm that is at the centre of my being.
Shame filled memories, guilt, work’s based religion all can reinforce this belief that at the centre of our being is a worm.
The good news is that if we have asked Jesus to come and live in our lives, if we have welcomed him through the door and he has taken up residence, then buried deep within us is a magnificent recreation by Christ.
Here is how the Prophet Ezekiel see’s it
I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. Ezekiel 36:25-27 (The Message)
I have a new heart and a new spirit within me. The stone heart is gone, it’s now a heart that’s God willed.
I am drawn to follow God, not out of religious legalism (yuk!) but out of pure delight and love.
I would love somebody to believe it is there, to know me, to explore me and to discover this hidden treasure and overlooked pearl.
In Soul Talk we go on a treasure hunt for the recreation of Christ.
Question to consider. What do you believe lies at the core of yourself? A wretched worm or a recreation of Christ? How has this belief been formed?
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