Hidden Treasure

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An art and antiquities collector wanted to encourage people to get outside, explore and have an adventure – so 10 years ago, he hid a treasure chest full of jewels – worth more than a million dollars.

He gave hints online, but also wrote a 24-line poem that he included in his autobiography. Hundreds of thousands of treasure hunters joined in the adventure and hunted all over the West, searching for the chest, but with no luck.

Some gave up and filed lawsuits saying the whole thing was a hoax. Others quit their jobs and wiped out their savings looking for it. A few died. in the process.

But recently  (after a decade) the chest was discovered in the Rocky Mountains and although the man who found it doesn’t want his name in the news, he sent photos to prove he really has it. (This is in the headlines right now if you’d like to read more about it.)

We like treasure. Even little kids like looking for treasure in their yard or nearby woods. Look at the popularity of geo-caching a few years ago. People all around the world were caught up in the treasure-finding challenge.

Did you know? Do your kids know that we have a treasure right in our homes?

That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)

All treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ.

We need to think about this.

First of all, if the treasure is hidden, we need to search for it – to look for it. This takes effort. Explorers looked for the Rocky Mountain treasure for ten years, but the man who persisted found it.

Second, treasure is worthwhile. No one would look for 10 years for a Twinkie wrapper or a discarded paper cup. We need to teach our kids to understand how worthwhile it is for us to seek out the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Third, many treasures have maps leading to them or (in the case of the story above – a poem with clues). Our treasure map is the Bible. God’s Word tells us how to find the knowledge and wisdom.

Why not plan a treasure hunt for your kids? What knowledge and wisdom do we find in Christ? Hide verses around the house or yard (maybe with a small treat or prize with each) and have kids hunt for the treasure.

Here are some to get you started.

And are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3;16)
Spend a summer afternoon treasure hunting …
And have fun!

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