THE UNKNOWN TREASURE
A rock hound named Rob Cutshaw owns a little roadside shop outside Andrews, North Carolina. Like many in the trade, he hunts for rocks, then sells them to collectors or jewelry makers. He knows enough about rocks to decide which to pick up and sell, but he's no expert. He leaves the appraising of his rocks to other people.
As much as he enjoys the work, it doesn't always pay the bills. He occasionally moonlights, cutting wood to help put bread on the table.
While on a dig twenty years ago, Rob found a rock he described as "purdy and big." He tried unsuccessfully to sell the specimen, so he kept the rock in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could bring as much as $500, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill.
That's how close Rob came to hocking for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock that Rob had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago--now known as "The Star of David" sapphire--weighs nearly a pound and could easily sell for $2.75 million.
We have no idea of the priceless value of what we are willing to trade.
(From a sermon by John Perry, How to become a demon's nightmare, 2/2/2011)
Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Jul 28, 2011
What, then, do the parables teach? Church fathers such as Irenaeus and Augustine identified the treasure and the Pearl with Christ. The recent convert to Christianity says exactly the same thing: "I found Christ." Yes, it seems like we did find Christ.
Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 31, 2009
God’s gift of membership in his kingdom is a treasure that’s worth giving up everything else to possess. His gift of his revealed word is a treasure that we can bring out of our storerooms over and over again to apply to each new situation we find ourselv