When one thinks about treasure hunts, images of gold, diamonds, rubies, and other precious valuables are at the forefront of our imagination. You also think of the intense search associated with a treasure hunt. Maps marked with an X, backpacks filled with tools, and large binoculars are just a few of the items needed to complete the hunt.
There is no shortage of books, games, and fantastic films involving exhilarating treasure hunts. From Pirates of the Caribbean to Lara Croft Tomb Raider to the National Treasure movies to the original adventure movie, Indiana Jones. Ideally, these quests to find lost riches always result in a brilliant and challenging adventure.
The surge in interest in treasure hunt movies has caused us to romanticize this hunt. But in reality, treasure hunts are not always so glamourous. For example, treasure hunters try to find sunken shipwrecks and retrieve artifacts to sell at the market value.
This can be tricky because what is valuable to one person may be more or less valuable to someone else. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Where one man may see dirty pieces of clay, another man would see priceless works of art and thus, pay optimal prices.
Such expeditions may seem adventurous, adrenaline-pumping, and extremely fun, but there is a price for these expeditions. The organization and execution of treasure hunts require a great deal of focus, investment of time, investment of money, sweat, tears, and oftentimes, your very blood. Lives have been lost in the search for various treasures. Therefore, the commitment to a treasure hunt must be strong.
The commitment one has to find a treasure is directly related to the value that the treasure has to someone. You will make a great investment because you know the return will be greater.
We see this in the life of Jesus who invested his very life to redeem the treasure of mankind.
Treasure Hunts Require Focus
Jesus points this out plainly in the parables that He told in Luke 15.
In one of the parables in this chapter, Jesus talks about a woman who lost a coin and searched until she found it. The woman went on to throw a party. It seems the party would cost more than the coin.
The woman’s choice to throw the party shows that it was not the monetary value of the coin, but what the coin represented to her. In the same way, Jesus’ sacrifice shows us that we meant more to him than any seeming value that somebody else would put on us. This caused Jesus to move with such a great focus and caused him to set his focus and his goals in alignment with the treasure that He was seeking.
Jesus & Focus
This can be seen from his first recorded words to his last recorded words. His first recorded words were him speaking to his parents and saying, “Don’t you know I must be about my Fathers business”?
This is then seen again in some of his last words on the cross when He said, “It is Finished!” Showing that the task set out was finished. Jesus had invested and brought the treasure back to God, but He could only have done this because this was his main focus and goal.
The goals of Jesus' ministry were spelled out by Jesus at the very beginning of his public ministry in Luke chapter 4. In that, public declaration He stated that He was empowered to bring liberty (Freedom) to those that are bound.
Jesus showed that He was seriously focused on completing this. Because even in the agony of the cross he was not distracted when the second thief asked for mercy. Instead, Jesus said, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus did not let pain distract Him or ridicule to cause him to lash out in response. Because of His goal, He brought spiritual freedom to a man that was literally bound spiritually and physically. Jesus kept His goals and aspirations in focus and alignment with what His Father had for Him to do.
You can hear this even in his words in the Garden of Gethsemane when He said, “Not my will, but your will be done”. After Jesus said this, angels came to minister unto Him showing that it is profitable to filter your goals and aspirations through the Will of the Father.
This incident was not alone in the life of Jesus. In John 4, after talking to the woman who showed up at the well where His disciples left Him because He was too hungry and weak to go on. The disciples came back with food but Jesus didn’t need it anymore because He had gotten strength from doing the will of His Father.
Treasure Inside Of You
During the early 1980s, the book Masquerade set off a treasure hunting frenzy, this was because a man crafted a treasure then buried it and hid clues in the book for people to find it. A multitude of people searched for this treasure and was unsuccessful but it was ultimately found buried at the foot of a cross in England.
This illustrates the lesson even deeper, that just like Jesus, it is profitable for us to filter our treasure hunt through the cross. What do I mean by this?
Inside of us, God has hidden many treasures that are valuable to us and to the world but the key to finding and unlocking these treasures is filtering our entire life through the cross.
When we bring our goals, ambitions, and focus into alignment with the cross, it is only then that we can see what was buried.
Just as we are made from dirt and the treasure was buried in the dirt but only could be found through the clues in the book. It is through God's will that we can unearth the treasures locked deep inside of us.
This is why Matthew 6: 10 (KJV) (Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven) says “In Earth”.
This should be our daily goal, that His will be done in us. So, with this daily goal being met, then all other goals can follow behind it. Christ further drives this point home, by later in the same chapter talking about “Treasure”.