Ever seen a headline like “$10,000 Baseball Card Found in Old Trunk”, or “Priceless Painting Bought at Yard Sale”? It’s amazing what turns up when attentive eyes are looking. While those stories are intriguing, one of the most incredible stories of discovery is the finding of God’s Law in the Temple after years of being lost (2 Kings 22:3-20). At the time, King Josiah was trying to “do what was right”, (repairing the Temple, removing idols, etc.), but when he heard the actual words written in the Book of the Law, he understood completely and tore his clothes in repentance. He had found real treasure indeed.
As followers of Christ, we possess the same precious treasure…God’s life-giving Word. In much the same way, many around us recognize the need for reform; such as changing habits, cleaning up language etc., but like Josiah’s pursuit of good changes, they’re incomplete. Only God’s truth and the Holy Spirit can move someone from pursuing reforms, to realizing their deep need for Jesus’ grace and forgiveness.
Perhaps you hear that and agree, but feel intimidated to act on it. If so, consider how Paul describes the good news of the gospel:
“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not us.” -2 Corinthians 4:7 HCSB
You’re not alone in feeling inadequate…we all do. Paul was skilled and experienced, yet he described himself carrying the gospel as a clay jar. And like him, we’re simple, breakable and common, but the treasure is not. It’s extraordinary, durable and priceless. You may be just the person to help someone make the discovery of a lifetime.