Remember (or imagine) that youngster who was perfectly content with a small jewelry box? Her treasures consisted of a few inexpensive trinkets won at the pizza place, some interesting rocks found at the park, and a special gift from her grandma.
As she grew older, her treasures got pricier. And, so did his. Soon her treasures were stored in a tall, ten-drawer jewelry cabinet and his were securely tucked away in a five-foot safe that resembled a small bank vault. But, are the contents inside truly our greatest treasures?
Scripture warns us, “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 …. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Pondering what “treasures in heaven” might be, I thought of a booklet I keep near my Bible. In it are memory verses, those I’ve learned as well as those on my ‘to do’ list. But actually, that booklet is not even my treasure. The ‘treasure’ is what is stored in my mind and heart, the memorized verses that provide a word of encouragement, hope, or strength, or even a timely rebuke or reminder.
God’s Word is a ‘treasure’ that cannot be stolen. Each verse is a ‘gem’ that transforms our thinking and enriches our lives. It can also be part of our arsenal in combatting sin. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
I challenge you this week to identify a verse to memorize. (No excuses.) Then, start with the first three words. (I know you can do that.) Sing the words to a familiar tune if need be or illustrate it. Gradually, add the next few words until you have memorized your verse. Be sure to write it down where you will see it regularly and continue to review it, perhaps for months (if you’re like me). Then give yourself a “Well done!” … and do it again!
I’d love to hear what ‘gems’ you are working on! Please feel free to share!
May your treasure hunt be richly blessed!