The Treasure Trove
Paul L. Garlington
 
In all of us, there lies buried a treasure trove which when found will open to us a grand and glorious vista of unlimited possibilities. Once this treasure has been unearthed, futility, frustration, despair and the lack of all things will immediately become the former things that will never again be remembered or come to mind. Life without limits, joy inexpressible will be the constant, daily portion of the one who finds this treasure.

In the classic novel, Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, a young boy by the name of Jim Hawkins joins with two men (heartmates) in hiring a ship to search for buried treasure. However, among the ship’s crew is the pirate “Long John Silver” (ego, false self, human personality) who is after the treasure for himself. Nevertheless, as a result of Jim’s considerable pluck (i.e., courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds, resolute commitment) and the aid of his friends (heartmates), young Hawkins foils the pirate’s plans and gains the treasure. This story is reminiscent of Herod who tried to destroy the newborn Christ, fearing a rival to his own throne. However, as the magi were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod and they departed another way, so also will you be divinely guided as you seek your Treasure Trove with all your heart.

What is the treasure? First, let us establish what it is not. It is not gold, silver, precious stones or material things. Yet, paradoxically, many of those who have found this treasure also found wealth, abundance and joy beyond their wildest imagination. Hence, when Solomon asked for the true treasure, God said, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge, that you may rule My people, over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed, nor those who will come after you.” (2 Chron 1:11,12) The awareness of God, good as all there is, the only power, presence and mind IS the treasure hidden in the field... “Which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.” (Mat 13:44)

Our consciousness of God, good as the only eternal, unchangeable reality makes us a veritable magnet for the abundance of all the good life affords. To this, the Scripture bears witness when it says, “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut 8:18) Or as David says, “Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in Thy hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name.” (1 Chron 29:12,13) Solomon adds his testimony when he says, “Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.” (Eccl 5:19)

Likewise, Hosea adds his witness when he, with a heavy heart, says concerning Israel, “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the oil, and lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.” (Hos 2:8) And finally, the magi from the east, “... came into the house and saw the Child (God consciousness) with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Mat 2:11) In other words, the consciousness of God attracts treasure as a magnet draws metal filings to itself. When we arise and shine, nations will come to our light, kings to the brightness of our rising bringing gold and frankincense as well as good news of the praises of the Lord.

How did we lose this awesome treasure? In the poignant words of Jeremiah, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehoods, futility and things of no profit.” Or as Paul would say, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor (glorify) Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” Hence, if we would recover the treasure from joy alone, we must sell everything to buy the field. When a corporation “sells off” an unprofitable subsidiary, they do so because they now realize that that which was previously seen as a highly desirable acquisition has now proven to be a giant albatross around their neck, threatening the very existence of the business. Therefore, as a farmer must be willing to prune in order to increase his yield, so also must every business if it would succeed in a highly competitive environment. How would your life be different if you approached your daily existence, not by making personal or highly charged emotional choices, but by making sound business decisions instead? Is there anything that you are still holding onto that has reached the law of diminishing returns and should have been sold off a long time ago? Is it possible that these things of no profit have become suckers, inhibiting the vitality of the vine to produce its fruit? Our treasure, which is the knowledge of God, is buried under centuries of futile speculation. We must be prepared to “sell off” thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, moods, outlooks, customs, and traditions of man, if we would unearth this glorious treasure.

Is there a treasure map? Do you remember how excited we were when someone gave us a treasure map and we played with joyful abandon, “Let’s find the treasure”? We weren’t always sure what the buried treasure was, but with the faith of a child, we were not only confident that it would be worth the effort expended, but the very process of seeking would bring us joy unspeakable. The Psalmist says, “Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee (miss the mark, the glory of God).” Job said, “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Clearly, the commandment, the word of the Lord, that reveals the truth that God is One, besides whom, there is none other, is the true treasure map that will lead us unerringly to the buried treasure. It is not the treasure, but a map to the treasure. In other words, we value and esteem highly the map, for it, and it alone, will assist us in recovering the lost Treasure Trove.

To this end, Mary, the mother of Jesus, treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. It is imperative that we not content ourselves with the obvious value of the map. “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord (the real Treasure). His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hos 6:3) Don’t settle for the map alone. If you are relentless and find the treasure, you will experience the consciousness of God’s presence. “Then I will make up to you for the [wasted] years....And you shall have plenty to eat and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you...” (Joel 2:25,26) There are only two things required in order to effectively use a map. You must know: 1. Where you are; and 2. Where you are going. If you are prepared to be totally honest about where you are, you will be led unerringly by the map to where you want to go.

How can I be sure that this treasure really exists and is indeed present within me, although buried under mounds of futile speculation? “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks.” (Gen 43:23) Paul said, “We have this treasure (i.e., the light of the knowledge of the glory of God) in an earthen vessel,” and declared that this awesome treasure has never, ever been far from any of us for in it we live and move and have our being. Finally, Jesus summed it up by saying, and I paraphrase, “Don’t look here, there or anywhere else. Behold the kingdom of God, the Treasure Trove, the realm of perfect everything exists right now within you.

Is there an infallible process to seek, find and recover our lost treasure? Since, according to the Apostle Paul, when we knew God (the Treasure), we did not glorify God, neither were we thankful, David gives us the key when he says, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;...Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High (i.e., conceding all glory to God as the only power, presence and mind with joy, gladness and gratitude); and call upon Me in the day of trouble; and I shall rescue you, and you shall honor Me.” (Ps 50:23,14,15) Hence, when Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom (the Treasure Trove) and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”, David gives us clear guidance in this process. “Let all who seek Thee, rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let those who love Thy salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified.’” (Ps 70:4)

Isn’t it because we didn’t serve the Lord with joy and a glad heart that we serve our enemies? Are you going to continue to listen to or be intimidated by the pirate Long John Silver who desires to keep you from your “Treasure Trove”? Arise with a faith and commitment that will not shrink though pressed by every foe and serve the Lord with gladness! Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God. Or as the Psalmist declared, “Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His work with joyful singing.” Like the woman who swept the house and searched carefully until she found the lost coin (treasure), and when she found it called together her fiends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice with me for I have found the coin that I had lost,” so also will you!

I repeat, there is within all of us a Treasure Trove of incalculable value which when found will enable us to rise up and say with authority, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Or as the hymn writer said, “Heaven came down and glory filled my soul.” I assure you, you will be calling your neighbors, friends, and Heartmates, exclaiming, “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together, for I have found the treasure that was lost, and lo and behold, IT WAS WITHIN ME ALL THE TIME!” Selah!!!

 
 

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