This week I read two similar Internet stories of found treasure. The first one was about a fellow in Norway who, a few years ago, purchased $27 worth of bitcoins. It seems that bitcoins are a new form of international currency used on the Internet. In time, he forgot about the investment until a recent news story about bitcoin commerce. It took him a whole day to remember his password. I can relate to that. But he was pleased that he stuck with it. He found that his ground-floor investment had grown to be worth $886,000.
The other story of hidden riches was about a safe. It was just a beat-up old safe, but it had belonged to a coin collector who had recently died. His family gave it to a man to sell for scrap metal, with the understanding that he would return anything found in it to the family. He took it to a locksmith for opening, who worked for 20 hours to get into the safe. It was filled with $2.5 million in gold and silver coins. The locksmith said, “Sometimes it gives up easy; sometimes you’ve got to work at it.”
A few thoughts about the how these stories can speak to our life as followers of Jesus. We can get so caught up in our every day life that we forget we have something of great worth available to us, a true “pearl of great price”: God’s loving, forgiving embrace of grace and the riches of the Spirit working within us. Jesus is, in a way, like a password to the riches of eternal life.
Are we remembering and trusting the promise of the spiritual riches that God has for us? Are we as persistent in our prayers and study as the locksmith with his drill when things don’t seem to be working out?
As we are heading into the busy holiday season, take time to remember the gifts that God has given to you, and to this congregation. Give thanks for these gifts; be persistent in asking how God might use these assets, these gifts, this treasure, here in this place and time, through each of you and through this congregation. Who knows what treasures could be waiting?