My friend Joe is a treasure hunter.
- Parks, the
- Beach, along
- Hiking trails
Or anywhere he imagines people have misplaced something of value.
In your Bible Paul says that there is a treasure to be found by offering ourselves as a living sacrifice.
Romans 12: 1, 2: Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
When we do this we become treasure hunters.
And what are we looking for?
According to Paul it adds up to this living word: discernment.
So how is discernment a treasure?
Joe offered me an explanation.
“Say you pick up what appears to be an ordinary rock. You’d probably toss it because you aren’t able to discern that inside this common looking stone is a diamond.”
“Yeah, that’s true.”
“But if you had the training, discernment would give you sure clues about the treasure you held in your hand.
Ordinary rocks may contain diamonds.
Then discernment would be crucial wouldn’t it?”
FINDING TRUE TREASURE
“Yes, of course.”
Offering myself as a living sacrifice places me into the training I need to discover the treasure of discernment and God’s other diamonds.
I hiked through the neighborhood earlier today and tried to discern how many diamonds I walked by?
Have you walked by any diamonds lately? Discover the diamonds you’re missing.
God has some incredible finds for us. Joe just told me about a neighbor he’d never met who became a diamond he’d never noticed. Diamonds are everywhere.