Buried Treasure in Unlikely Places
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13:44
A few weeks ago during prayer, I felt Holy Spirit speaking to me about the parables of the Kingdom of Heaven, the treasure hidden in the field. It is taught that the gospel is the field in which the treasure, Jesus, is to be found… in His word. When we find Jesus, our true treasure of priceless, unspeakable value, because of the joy of knowing Him, we give up all else, that nothing else matters but to have Him. Yes, this is certainly the case - He is our great Treasure and nothing this world could offer us could compare. When we see the hidden Treasure and it's value, we count everything else as loss to know Him - knowing Him becomes our obsession, our inexpressible joy, nothing else in this life can compare.
"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ" Phillippians 3:8
As we worshipped and prayed, I felt Him speak that I was HIS treasure… that HE gave up all - gave up heaven, gave His life, gave everything to have me! That He saw the hidden treasure within me and I was WORTH IT! That I was worth all He gave… AMAZING!!!! He saw me as a priceless treasure when no one else (not even I) could see that there was anything worthwhile… When all anyone else could see was an empty field, HE saw treasure worth dying for…
YOU are HIS treasure! YOU were worth dying for! Whether anyone else can see the gold within you or not - HE DOES!!!! Not only does He see us as treasure, as worth the cost, when we become His, He puts all of who He is within us - the Kingdom of Heaven - within us!
As we continued to pray I felt Him ask me "What are going to do with this Treasure?" I was reminded of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) The wise servants took the talents the master gave them and invested them wisely, with return on those investments and the unwise servant buried what he had been given.
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." Matthew 25:24
"Lord, I KNEW YOU to be a hard man"… this speaks to me of a heart with a wrong understanding of the character of God… he hid the the talent because of fear. He took the treasure that was given him and did nothing with it because he didn't understand the heart of God. When we have revelation that we are FULLY loved, that we serve a Daddy that loves us - He is not a "hard man" but a Daddy that loves us completely and wants to love THROUGH us. The love of God within us, the treasure of who He is, is NOT to be buried, but invested in others! We are to do something with that treasure within us!!!! He invested ALL for us, and we are to invest in others - to love without reserve as He did and because He placed that treasure (ALL of who He is) within us, we have the ability through Him!
" Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give." Matthew 10:8
What are you gonna do with that Treasure?
(reposted from Embracing the Tambourine, March 2013