In the 1800s, a legendary treasure hunt began. Three documents foretold of the secret location of Thomas J. Beale’s buried riches, a treasure overflowing with gold, silver, and jewels. But the location remained hidden because the words were written in a mysterious code. For the last 200 years, people have searched and analyzed these papers in hopes of finding the treasure, all to no avail. To this day, no one has found the treasure. In fact, many scholars believe the story is a big hoax. Some continue to look for the treasure. Only time will tell the truth.
There are many stories of hidden treasure. There is one, however, that is real. It’s not even that mysterious or hidden. It also has a document which tells of the treasure. In fact, it’s right in front of people’s faces but many can’t seem to see the value. Here is what the ancient document says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).
The treasure the Bible is talking about is the “kingdom of heaven.” All true seekers who have had the courage to look for this treasure have found it. No, we won’t find literal silver, gold, or jewels in this kingdom, but we will find the most valuable items in existence: salvation, forgiveness of sins, grace, and God’s love. The way we gain access to the valuable “kingdom of God” is by obeying the Lord’s commands and following Him. If we’re willing to turn our lives over in obedience to Him, we will have found the greatest treasure in the history of mankind (Matthew 16:24-26; James 1:21).
If we knew for certain where a buried treasure was, there would be very little to hold us back from securing it. People have spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours searching for Beale’s treasure. They all have nothing to show for it. The riches God offers is real and easy to find (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Revelation 2:10). Are we willing to take hold of the spiritual treasure God has placed right in front of us?