Treasure Hunters

by mandyade

treasurehuntersA modern parable:

Buried under the surface of the earth are millions of lost treasures. The treasures, though highly valuable, are hidden in dirt and not recognizable, not even they understand what they are.

Treasure hunters dig with picks and shovels, yet the beauty of the treasure is not revealed; all they accomplish is exposing the treasures’ brokenness and damage. These treasures are made from heavenly substance and can only be activated by heaven’s methods.

The treasure hunters weep because their tools and efforts have failed. In desperation, they put down their picks and shovels and call out to the treasure. They speak to these lifeless objects calling them priceless treasures.

At the sound of this strange news the treasures stir, awaken; something ancient and supposedly lost forever. Out of the dirt they arise and move toward the One who calls them treasures.

The earth breaks away and they disturb the ground beneath them. Other broken treasures feel the movement and change. Hope arises under the earth and entire land masses ripple as a domino effect causes countless treasures to awaken and be reclaimed.

Isaiah 60:3-6 says, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” It goes on to describe the peoples of the nations as the riches of the earth. God’s treasures are people – great and small, broken and whole. They are so valuable to God that He gave His own Son to reclaim them.

Once reclaimed we become the treasure hunters. If we try to find lost treasure by picking away, exposing and trying to remove their sin they will simply remain broken treasure. Human methods to reclaim lost souls are useless. Heaven’s way is simply to reveal truth. Lost treasures are blind to the truth of who they are. Their incredible worth must be revealed to them. This is the truth that they do not know. We are the reconcilers, we are the ones who call out to them and reveal who they are.

We are called reconcilers- not sin exposers. In the story of the adulterous woman, the religious were sin exposers- they thought God’s work was uncovering her sin – this brought death. Jesus used heaven’s way; uncovered her treasure by speaking forgiveness over her, revealing the wholeness He brings. His words bring freedom and releases her into the woman God intended.

As lost treasure discerns the hope of their identity and call, they can rise up and sin will fall off them.

The ministry of reconciliation calls out to the deepest longing in people and reveals who they really are; the treasures of the nations! This is NEW news to the lost, even in our generation! They already know the obvious about themselves without us pointing it out. They need NEW news – the original ‘good news’ that tells them the best news – the crazy, ridiculous truth- that instead of counting their sins against them, God gave Jesus to restore them, His treasure!

As hearts respond they are reconciled to God. Reconciled people change and so does the atmosphere around them. They’re contagious and whole communities, schools, cities and nations can be reconciled this way.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal treasure about people and call those things out in them. Take time to listen to Him and take the courage to speak life to people, calling out God’s destiny over your friends and acquaintances.