I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 NIV
“The California Gold Rush was a gold rush that began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.” Period of the California Gold Rush: January 24, 1848 — 1855. Wikipedia
Treasure is still actively pursued by those who have no doubt that valuable gems and artifacts exist even to this day. The traits of a treasure hunter include joyful optimism that he or she will be the one to finally discover what lies deep beneath the earth’s surface. If there are reservations in your mind that the search for treasure has declined or does not exist any longer, then refer to this article, https://bestreviews.com/best-metal-detectors, treasure hunting is a thriving hobby for many individuals.
As I read the reviews for the metal detectors, my heart began to race as I thought about taking my love of treasure hunts to another level; even so, I made the decision not to follow my enthusiasm for the search of metal treasures.
From a spiritual perspective, I am thankful that God does not require us to search for Salvation and Righteousness; all He requires is Faith, believing that He will do exactly what He promises to do for those who acknowledge that He is the One and Only God.
It takes faith to serve an unseen God!
God has provided a map for our spiritual journey; the Bible is full of never-ending treasures of truth for those who have the desire for the greatest treasure of all and that is Eternal life-immortality, living forever and ever in a New Heaven and New Earth with God. We are not required to purchase any items in order to prepare for the treasures that God has for us when His Son, Jesus Christ returns. Only the pure in heart will enjoy living in a beautiful and perfect world with one another, and the Trinity Godhead-God the Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Although our minds are limited in what we can presently understand, the Book of Revelation chapters 21-22 provides us with a description of the physical beauty of the New Heaven and New Earth. We are told that no more death, nor sorrow, or sin will exist; all corrupt things will be destroyed and the righteous will enjoy the treasures that God is waiting to give us because of our faithfulness to Him.
The disparities that exist between earthly hierarchies in social status, economic wealth and poverty, levels of education, church attendance or material possessions do not entitle us to gain Eternal life; in fact, we can never earn Righteousness by Faith, Grace, Mercy, or the Unconditional Love of God. There are no theories of inclusion based on how much an individual has suffered in their life; there is only one way for us to have Redemption and Eternal Life and that is by accepting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–through Righteousness by Faith–which is available to every living human being.
The God-given abilities to possess Faith, to communicate with God through Prayer, and to Study God’s Holy Word are the tools to receive the treasures that God has already given to us. When we obediently follow God’s map for our lives, we are preparing ourselves in this life for the heavenly life; and that is the greatest treasure that we can ever receive.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6: 19-21 ESV
Bible Reading: Matthew 6:19-34
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the plan that you have for our lives and that is to live forever with you. We ask forgiveness of our sins and shortcomings. We look forward to the day when we will live forever in your presence in the New Heaven and New Earth. We ask for the strength to obey, to study your Word, and to have a deeper relationship with you by praying and remaining faithful. We love you, and we worship you, and we are thankful for the treasure of Eternal life. thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019