Happy To Be God’s Treasure
- Now Think On This
by Steve Martin
“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. We have all kinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair; persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed. We always carry in our bodies the dying of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may be manifested in our bodies too.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 Complete Jewish Bible
A chosen people, called by God, to do His work – the One New Man, Jew and Gentile, saved and appointed together to be His feet and hands on this planet. That is who we are.
I like how Peter says it, being ones chosen by God as “God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others…from (being) rejected to accepted.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 in The Message version reads, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you - from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
We are God’s treasure, chosen by Him.
But I don’t recall thinking of myself as His treasure.
I am very familiar with the verses that speak of Him being the treasure, the One that we are to go out and seek in the field, and the verses that tell of the Jews being His special treasure above all the peoples on earth, which now also includes those of us grafted in with them into the olive tree.
But to think of ourselves also as God’s treasure? Wow, that is really special!
Knowing the high value placed on treasure of any kind - be it gold, silver, jewels, or more importantly a dear friend, one who is very close to us – for us to be known as a treasure to the Lord gives us value beyond all of these in comparison to His love He has for us.
When you have treasure, you protect it, secure it, guard it from being harmed, lost or stolen. You keep it in a safe place. But you at times also let it be displayed, for all to see the glory and the beauty that it is. Be it as a piece of art in a gallery, or an ancient artifact that has been found, making it very rare and precious, you even display it for many to see. That is how the Lord views each of us.
Along with being His treasure, we have the honor of manifesting the life of Yeshua (Jesus) in our lives too, so that those we walk among may see Him shining through us. Though “We have all kinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair; persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed” as Paul states in 2 Corinthians. We have Him, this treasure in us, to be evidence of His power working through us. That will not only give hope to us in our daily walk, but to those we come in contact with - our families, those we work with on our jobs and the ones we gather with on occasions.
I am happy to be God’s treasure. Knowing of the value He has placed on us and in us, showing forth His love for me and you, strengthens our hearts and emotions, in order to let others know of their value they also have because of Him, their Creator. They too can receive His salvation through Jesus, and be a chosen vessel for His good pleasure.
May you know deep in your heart that you are His treasure, highly esteemed and valued, loved and admired, known by Him, and thus enabled and empowered to let others know of Him.
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Now Think On This #156 “Happy To Be God’s Treasure” by Steve Martin
Date: In the year of our Lord 2014 (6.18.14) Wednesday at 5:15 am in Charlotte, NC.
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