God is the Treasure—or at least, He should be.
He is the one who satisfies, which is what Jesus is pointing to when He cries out to the thirsty crowd in John 7:37, “If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink.”
He is the one who, like buried treasure uncovered, or matchless jewel discovered, is well worth the cost of selling all to follow.
As His people, His blood-bought sons and daughters, we are invited to “abide” in him, “feast on” him, “delight ourselves in” him.
That is the essence of the new life Jesus has made available through His death and resurrection. And, it is a central, reoccurring theme in Philippians, perhaps most clearly seen in Paul’s declaration that, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
To be with Christ—physically, in His presence—must be extremely satisfying and delightful if Paul sees death as a gain!
So, why don’t we treasure Him more?
In Sunday’s sermon, I suggested that our current treasures (people, stuff, dreams, etc.) can—and—do keep us from treasuring God. Like showing up to a feast with a belly full of white bread, we show up to the feast that is God’s presence with our appetite spoiled on the stuff of earth.
But, how do we figure out what makes up this “white bread” that temporarily abates our hunger but can never satisfy? It can be tricky to figure out what our top treasures, our top “white breads” are.
We need the Spirit to show us these while we enlist our brothers and sisters to help us think and pray them through.
While it seems almost on the verge of irreverence to suggest a “how to list” when it comes to treasuring Christ in all things, we’ll risk it in tomorrow’s post, “4 Steps to Treasuring Christ.”