This treasure

I’ve always looked at salvation as being a precious gift. We receive gifts all the time and hold some more dear to our hearts than others, but the most precious ones we guard. I’m reminded of a piece of jewelry my mom gave to me a couple of years ago. It’s a wedding set that has been in my family for several generations, and it’s the most beautiful piece of jewelry, not just in appearance, but what it represents. To me it represents a sturdy bond. This piece of jewelry somehow has remained solid and present to the point that it’s made it thru those multiple generations. I will go ahead and tell off on myself, that I evacuated for a hurricane and before leaving my home I not only grabbed boxes of pictures, but I made sure to grab this piece of jewelry. I didn’t want anything to happen to this treasure, it’s that important to me.

I recently made the statement that we, Christians, don’t guard our Salvation like we should. The Word clearly states:

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[b] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

We have a treasure inside of us, but we are fragile clay jars. We are so fragile at times we don’t guard our salvation. We take it for granted when we get caught up in gossip sessions instead of praying for that person we are talking about. Ouch! I know that’s harsh, but it’s true. We have access to the power of God, but dismiss it in order to not be called out. We allow peer pressure to take over and just absorb into the scenery so we aren’t the odd one. I say “we” because I’m just as guilty as the next. I fail daily and so many times I end up warming my hands alongside Peter when he denied Christ in Mark 14:66-71. Sometimes my actions spew out “oh, no I don’t know Him (Jesus)”.

Jesus is Salvation and at the time Peter was questioned about being a follower, he denied his Salvation, literally and figuratively. He contained “this great treasure” and so do we. Instead of resorting the power of self, depend on the power of God. It doesn’t matter what he/she will say about us. All that matters in the end is we aren’t ashamed to call Jesus our Lord and Savior. Let’s make sure we grab our treasure on our way out the door, when we enter into a conversation, while we walk thru trials, as we take this journey called life in a dark world. Don’t evacuate from whatever hurricane is coming without it. Let’s guard our precious treasure – Salvation!

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