Did you know you are a treasure?
Jesus tells us in the Bible that the kingdom of heaven is like a man who found a treasure in a field. The treasure was of such great value to the man that he went and he hid it and then he went home and sold everything that he had in order to purchase the entire field that he might have that treasure” (Matthew 13:44). We are the “treasure” in that field and God sent His only Son to pay the price that we might be redeemed out of that “field” which is our fallen world; We are of that much value to Father God and His Kingdom. He considers us to be treasure worth everything to Him!
The Bible also tells us that we were with him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Father God “knew us before he formed us in our mothers womb.” Whether or not we have a recollection of this deep within our spirit, most of us would say that we don’t have an awareness of having known Father God before the foundation of the world in our minds. I believe this is a reflection of how thoroughly our identity has been stolen from us by satan.
The world tells us from an early age to not “be fanciful” or that when we see other worldly things that it is “just our over-active imagination”. But what if imaginary friends and angelic visitors are actually a product of the lingering ability of our consciousness to recall having been in heaven while we are still young, before the world fully grabs ahold of us? And what if Father God held true to His intention for man to have free will by actually consulting with each of us about our willingness to come down to earth to fulfill our divine destiny with Him? What if He reassured us that He would “never leave us” and promised us that we would find our way back to Him against all odds, no matter what the world threw at us, and we agreed to our divine assignments prior to coming to live here on earth? After all, the Bible also tells us that Jesus is the “good shepherd” and that He will “leave the 99 in order to seek after the one who is lost” (Luke 15). I believe that when we look back on our lives, we each see many instances of where Jesus was actively searching after us (and our hearts) while we were still “stuck in the world” and did not yet know Him as we do now.
I believe that Jesus Himself had a choice as to whether or not He came down to earth to pay the price for man so that we may return into a rightly aligned relationship with Father God. I believe Jesus chose to demonstrate the kingdom on earth as He lived His life as an example for us, showing us how to live our lives as Christians. I believe that when Jesus came down to walk the earth as a man, He agreed to set aside His divinity so that He could prove that it is possible for a person to choose Father God and His ways above anything the world has to offer. I believe that when Jesus came down and walked as the “Son of Man”, He had a continuous awareness of just how treasured He was by His Father in heaven. I believe that He knew how loved He was as the Son of God and the Son of Man at the same time. He did not need direct physical interaction with God in order to know His value in God’s heart. However, as people we need human interaction in order to be validated at times and until we know exactly how the Father sees us and the depth of the love that He has for us, we will continue to seek man’s opinion concerning ourselves and we will always be disappointed. The accolades of man are fleeting and just like a vapor – they have no eternal substance and as such can never satisfy. I believe that this is why the Bible says that “man does not live by bread alone but by every word from the Father’s mouth” (Matthew 4:4); for this reason, we need to actively read our Bible and learn what Father God says about us. This is why identity is so crucial to our walk as Christians as well as our spiritual well-being. Until we learn who it is that Father God says we are and who it is that He made us to be, all made possible through the gift of His son and the cross, we will never walk in the fullness of our identity or fulfill our destiny in Christ.
I believe that it is vital for us to feast upon the word of God because that is the bread of life and as we drink deeply of His living water and choose to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us through the renewing of our minds, then and only then will we be able to position our hearts as well as ourselves properly to step into our destiny in Christ. It is only when we are all in our proper positions that the Body of Christ can rise up and begin to prepare herself to become the glorious Bride of Christ. Until then we need to get the Word into us so that we can become the word and the world will see the transformative power of the Word of God. The world needs to see that the Bible is relevant today. They need to see the hope that Jesus alone offers and it is only through the word and following Jesus that we can be overcomers of the world. The Bible tells us that “they overcame by the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony, and not loving their lives unto death” (Revelation 12:11).
I believe that there are different stages of awareness that we go through once we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus. I believe that there is the “dark night of the soul” where we feel abandoned, all alone in the wilderness being sifted by satan. This is actually an opportunity to invest our faith and trust in Father God and Jesus as we dig in by worshiping God no matter what our circumstances look like and no matter how little we feel that we are hearing from Him. I believe that as we truly surrender our lives to Jesus, we have additional opportunities to better cultivate our ability to understand some of what Jesus experienced while walking the earth as the Son of Man, making a way for us to become who it is we were made to be by Father God. I believe that Jesus lived our entire lives on the Cross and that He knew the position of our hearts as we made our way through the world before knowing Him. I believe that this is how He was able to declare boldly from the Cross “Forgive them. They know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). I also believe that since Jesus lived our entire lives on the Cross and is well aware of the position of our hearts, He was qualified to consider us as friends and choose to lay His life down for us, filling the scripture “no greater gift than a man lay down his life for a friend” (John 15:13).
I feel that as we begin to truly surrender our lives to Jesus, we are afforded opportunities to learn how He overcame the world, in short, opportunities to choose to follow Him and not the world’s way of doing things. I believe that this process is part of the “fine-tuning” of our spirit man which allows us to learn how to actually live our lives while straddling the separation between our world and heaven. After all, because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross for us, although we are “in the world” we are no longer of the world and one of the promises in the Bible is that the world will not understand us. It is when men completely fail to understand us or validate us that we need to know the fullness of our identity in Christ. We need to know just how treasured we are by Father God and connect with the truth that Jesus has “lifted our heads and calls us friends”. In short, it’s crucial for us to learn that although we may not routinely experience tangible, physical interactions with the members of the Godhead, we are treasured by Father God, Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!
Eternal Hope in Christ