I don’t know about you, but pirates have always held a fascination for me, so when I realized there was nothing on TV last night other than “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” I couldn’t resist. In the old days, we’d watch the swashbuckling antics of Errol Flynn. Today we put up with the rum swilling Johnny Depp – a much more realistic pirate in my opinion and just as handsome.
Peter Pan and Treasure Island were filled with amazing tales of those who sailed the seven seas, fighting with their bare hands and often losing one. The thought of being a pirate appealed to me for a while – until I came to my senses and started raising a family instead. Talk about living the life of a pirate. Parenting became my new quest and that’s indeed another series of posts.
Today I want to talk about treasure. Not the kind you find in a barnacle filled chest deeply planted at the bottom of the sea. Not the kind you can win by purchasing a lottery ticket. Not the wealth that comes with hard work, but a real treasure that fills your life completely.
I’ve been on both sides of the economic scale. Most of my life has been spent as a middle class American with enough to get by, but praying every day that there will be sufficient provision for each one. I’ve also known wealth and even though we only experienced that life for a little while, there really isn’t much difference. Fortunately, God had a different plan for me. I say fortunately, because without that time of wealth, I would never have been able to volunteer 13 years to setting up and teaching drama to a group of high school kids. That work led to a new career, after our wealth took a nosedive.
God’s plan always includes our welfare. He loves us abundantly. So much so that He sent His own flesh and blood to live among us and take the load of sin off our shoulders. Without Jesus, we would be condemned to a life of eternal hell after death.
Our treasure cannot be measured by how much we have in the bank or socked away in a mattress. God is our treasure and He holds the keys to heaven. Knock and it shall be opened to you. Unconditional love with no boundaries is the greatest treasure available to all of us.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.