We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Hidden Treasures

Certain people, because of their beauty, fame, or power, are likely to catch our eyes. But God has placed a hidden treasure within each one of us!

I recently read a short story that illustrates this principle of hidden treasure. Once, a man was exploring some caves by the seashore, and discovered something he didn’t expect–a canvas bag full of hardened clay balls. They were fist-sized, plain, and of little worth to anyone. He concluded they were probably the result of some child’s forgotten project, left to bake in the sun.

Later, as the man strolled along the beach, he began throwing the balls one at a time far out into the ocean. He thought little about his odd find until, quite by accident, he dropped one of the balls on a rock. It cracked open to reveal a precious gem – a treasure in the clay!

Excited, the man broke open his remaining stockpile and discovered that they all contained jewels–each one worth more than he could imagine. But then he remembered the greater number of balls he had thrown into the waves!

Likewise, we often don’t recognize the value of people we meet every day. All we see are externals–the ordinary clay–and miss the wonderful treasure God has hidden within.

As the 4th chapter of 2nd Corinthians reminds us, “We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

The next person you meet, take some time to look a little deeper for that treasure within.

Published in: on January 8, 2011 at 5:25 am  Leave a Comment