A New York City man, who has 78 cents in his bank account, and owed $44,000, found the money to buy a single lottery ticket. That single dollar turned into 140 million dollars when he won the Mega Millions jackpot in November, 2004. San Diego North County Times, 11/24/04. But if you’re down to your last 78 cents, you better find a job instead of relying on winning the lottery. Spiritual note: only when we’re flat broke spiritually can we find the wealth of God’s grace Matthew 5:3. Never come to God hoping to impress him with at least something we have. As Toplady wrote, “Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to thy Cross I cling.”
An unemployed amateur treasure hunter, living on welfare, hit the jackpot in Staffordshire, England, when he unearthed an Anglo-Saxon trove of 1500 pieces from A.D. 700. Archaeologists considered it an exceptional find since it revealed the heretofore unknown culture of Anglo-Saxons. North County Times, 9/25/09
But if you’re unemployed, and on welfare, there’s certainly more certainty in a check for work done than poking in the soil ANYWHERE. True, like the homeowner digging foundations for his home near ancient Aleppo, northern Syria, we could somewhere find 250 silver coins, dating from the time of Alexander the Great. North County Times, 3/5/10. But not many acres of dirt have coins hidden there. Spiritual point. If we’ve decided to start reading the Bible, we’ll profit more if we begin with the Gospel of Mark or John, not Genesis. However, if we poke around in Scripture anywhere, we’ll find God’s treasure.
Then there’s the Lost Dutchman Mine in Arizona. Legend says a Mexican family discovered it, but was killed by Apaches. In the 1870’s a ne’er do well German (called Dutchman) re-found it and buried some of it. But none has ever surfaced. Life Magazine, 3/17/06. Spiritual note: God wrote his Scripture. The Holy Spirit preserved it. Jesus Christ embodies it. And it’s available to anyone willing to spend time investigating its glory.
My family went treasure hunting with Christian friends from Las Vegas. We roughed a weekend south of Flagstaff, Arizona. I had no idea what we were looking for. He did. We traipsed over canyons and meadows of those beautiful hills, but found nothing. I did find that the rough roads killed one of my tires and we had to return to Las Vegas without a spare. The treasure, so far as I know, remains wherever it was someone put it in the 1800’s. Spiritual note: that jaunt made for a pleasant week-end with Christian friends—some of the worthiest of all treasures in life.
In June, 2012 Annie Oakley’s 12-gauge Parker Brother’s Shotgun went for $143,000 at auction. It had belonged to Annie’s sister and had been willed through the generations to her great-grandnieces—who sold the gun and other of her personal items. Spiritual note: what is one generation’s treasure is stuff to be auctioned or eliminated by the next. Christian parents want nothing less from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren than to have them constantly seek Christ’s will for their lives.
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