Treasures of Gold

Archaeologists were excavating the site of the former Giv ‘ati car park lot just outside the City of David, in Jerusalem, a site that has exposed 11 different periods of habitation. They were being aided by a young woman volunteer when coworkers heard her screaming. Thinking she might have been stung by a scorpion or suffered some other injury, they rushed to her aid. They found her transfixed, staring down on her discovery of 264 gold coins bearing the likeness of Byzantine emperor Herclius minted between 610-613 AD. It was a cache of gold of inestimable value and has aided archaeologists in dating their dig.

Unknown treasures are believed to be buried all around Jerusalem waiting to be discovered. What might yet be awaiting discovery are valuable treasures including the Ark of the Covenant.

We are in effect all treasure hunters at heart. Most treasures available to us are unidentified.“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 21)

The passage relates to spiritual treasure, things of value to us. This brings to mind the question of what do you value most? What we have our heart set on is what we value.

There is nothing wrong with having wealth and material goods. However, how we value them is what is most important. This poem by Lorrie Cline entitled

“Met the Master Face to Face” puts treasures in their proper perspective.

        With station and rank and wealth for my goal,

        Much thought for my body but none for my soul,

        I had entered to win in life’s mad race,

        When I met the Master face to face.

        I met Him and knew Him and blushed to see,

        That His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me;

        And I faltered and fell at His feet that day,

        While my castles melted and vanished away.

        Melted and vanished, and in their place,

        Naught else did I see but the Master’s face.

        And I cried aloud, ‘Oh, make me meek,

        To follow the steps of Thy wounded feet.’

        My thought is now for the souls of men,

        I have lost my life to find it again,

        E’er since one day in a quiet place,

        I met te Master face to face.”

Let the Master enable you to evaluate and align what you treasure.

There are treasures at your disposal more valuable than those gold coins.

They are of eternal value. Lay up treasures in heaven for yourself.