We sung this song at church the other night. It’s a beautiful song but it’s this last line I’ve been thinking about the most.
“Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found”
As you may have read, treasure, is my OneWord for 2017. Early in January, I shared how the word this year kind of took the scenic route to get here. The word restore was on my heart but not restore as in “restoration” but rather re-store. I shared with you the verse in the Book of Luke where Mary stores up all the precious moments she’d seen and experienced.
“But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:19
I went on to share how I felt 2017 was the year to re-store treasure. Like Mary, I want my heart to be a storehouse for this treasure.
It’s interesting how this one word has multiple layers of lessons. Not only am I being reminded that He is my treasure but I am also being reminded that I am a treasure to Him. And then, that song verse I heard the other day reminds me that this treasure is to be shared with others.
“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.
“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
“There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.” Ps 19:11-14
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deut 7:6
“Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.” 1 John 3:1