The Real Treasures: 3 Things We Need to Do to Move On
In 1988, Forrest Burke Fenn, a renowned combat pilot, art dealer, and author, hid a treasure chest that took people nearby more than four decades to find. This treasure chest of gold and bronze lured people and led many to their deaths. At least five people died due to this lure of lost treasures buried deep within the Rocky Mountains of the North American Continent.
However, in 2020, a young man from Michigan found the buried treasures and has since stopped the treasure hunt which caused a problem for the New Mexico State Police. Nonetheless, the problem didn’t end there, as the Fenn Estate received a lawsuit regarding this adventurous call even after the death of Forrest Fenn. That’s how this innocent Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt ended, which makes us wonder, ‘what on earth is the real treasure?’
Look Through the Scriptures
If we look through the Scriptures Matthew chapter 6 verses 19 to 21 stands out as Jesus’ perspective on the real treasures, as it says:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Berean Standard Bible)
It is clear here that real treasures can be stored in Heaven. So what are these riches, that even pirates with treasure maps and sophisticated pirate ships couldn’t steal? The answer lies inward. If we look through the Bible the only thing that can outlast the tangibility of earth is us. Our souls and God-given spirit will outlive the Earth and its vast resources. As 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says:
“After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.” (Berean Standard Bible)
In this verse, the word ‘always’ means ‘forever or eternal’ which separates us from the non-eternal world, as studies suggest that the Earth will come to an end sooner or later, depending on which comes first. This is also in line with the Bible as Revelations 21:1 says:
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” (New International Version)
That’s why the most important treasures we can keep until eternity are our relationships, whether they be family, a new-found friendship, or people we have along the way, they are our real treasures. They are the prizes that no moth and rust destroy nor thieves can break in and steal. These are the connections that will outlast the sea and the earth.
Although some people made a meme with this, the phrase “Maybe The Real Treasure Was the Friends We Made Along the Way,” proves true on the eternal significance of our earthly relationships.
Given this, we now should look beyond the outer banks of Egypt and see the promised land. Hidden beyond the highlands of finances, careers, and earthly influences are the eternal value that matters more in the eyes of God. Although we live in this world, we are not of this world. That’s why we should start fixing our relationships.
Three Things We Need To Do
Forgive the Past
One of the things that hinder us from enjoying our relationships is our past experiences. Yes, we’ve been hurt and it pains us, but the eternal value of souls and connections should eclipse the aches inside our hearts. As the Bible says in Matthew 5:23-24:
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First, go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (BSB)
We become hypocrites if we offer so much for the Lord, but we aren’t reconciled to people. It just doesn’t make sense, since 1 John 4:16 tells us that ‘God is love.‘ So if you still have something against your brother or sister, forgive them today and initiate a reconciliation!
Another thing that changes when we see the eternal significance of relationships, is worry. We become less worried because we know that our God is still in control and able to help us. Philippines 4:6 states:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
So whatever your problems today, whether it be finances, healing, or relationships; submit it to the Lord, and see Him move in your life. Do not worry, instead ‘be still in the Lord.‘
And Lastly, our blessed hope. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Heb. 6:19) What is this hope? This is the eternal hope that nothing in this world can come close to the glory we are about to see and receive in Christ Jesus. As Paul states in Romans 8:18:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (NASB)
Nothing in all creation can come close to the eternal position and salvation that we have in Christ. So let’s hope for the best and trust that the Lord is powerful and able today, tomorrow, and throughout eternity.
Conclusion: Have Faith
We will have problems in this world, but we should have faith that our God will never leave us nor forsake us. As an old hymn says “Trust and Obey, for there is no other way.”
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