Tuesday, July 7th
The Greatest Treasure is the Gospel
If you search on Google maps for the “United States Bullion Depository, Fort Knox, KY, USA,” then go into street view on North Dixie Blvd, you can actually see the most famous gold depository in the world. The two story concrete and steel vault is housed in a 105 by 121 foot building and is accessed through a door that weighs in excess of 30 tons. Besides all of the complex electronic monitoring systems, the Bullion Depository is beside a rather large, active US military base as well. All of this is necessary to guard over 9 billion dollars in gold, as well as other unlisted valuables.
While we spend countless millions to guard what will essentially become paving stones in the New Jerusalem, what do we do to guard the greatest treasure of all, the Gospel of God? I hope you marked not only “gospel” in 2 Timothy, but the synonyms such as “word of truth,” “sacred writings,” and “these things,” among others, in order to get a complete picture of the gospel.
The gospel is that which brings us life, freedom from sin, and eternal life through a sinless Saviour — a descendant of David who was raised from the dead to pay the penalty for our sin. The gospel is a precious treasure that we need to accurately handle before God to show that we are approved workmen. The gospel is also a unique treasure that must not be hoarded for our own benefit, but shared with other faithful ones who will share it with others as well. It must be protected from ungodly ones who have strayed from the truth of God and oppose the truth. The gospel must be preached to the world so that as many as possible will find this treasure and make it the sole focus of their life.
Have you found this treasure, this pearl of great price and made it yours by repenting of your sins and asking Jesus to be your Saviour? To what lengths would you be willing to suffer hardship at the hands of ungodly men to stand up for the truth of the gospel, as Paul did? Are you ready to go to prison, be beaten, or be disowned for the sake of this precious treasure?
What are you doing to further your knowledge as an approved workman for the gospel? What are you doing to help spread this treasure to others or teach others so that they may grow in Jesus? The United States employs an untold number of people and spends a considerable amount of money to guard gold each and every day. What are you doing to “guard the treasure” – the gospel of God- the most valuable gift anyone can possess?