It was an exciting story that made local news in Missouri, Texas several years ago. A man purchased a marble-topped walnut chest at an estate sale for less than $100.00. He thought he was getting a good deal on a nice piece of antique furniture. Boy was he in for a surprise!
When his friends turned the chest on its side to help him load it in the vehicle, they heard the sound of a “metallic waterfall.” To everyone’s surprise, the desk had a false drawer.
Even more surprising, inside the false drawer was antique jewelry with gold, pearls, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. Also inside were silver coins, and even Civil War medals, along with stamps and currencies from other countries—telling of an interesting and traveled life. The buyer had unknowingly purchased a bounty that would make a pirate jealous!
How many people had walked past the antique chest that day, unaware of what lay hidden inside? How many times had someone glanced over at the piece of furniture with half-hearted interest, only to purchase something they considered more valuable? Sometimes, the very things the world gives less esteem hold the greatest treasure.
The good news of Jesus Christ is a perfect example. Inside each of us is hidden treasure—our testimony. We can’t wait for non-believers to recognize the value of what we hold in our hearts. They may never see! We must be willing to show forth the love of Christ and to tell about the precious gift we hold so dear.
As I pondered this notion, I looked at my own life and wondered when I had last shared my testimony with a lost soul? Frankly, I could not recall.
My prayer is for the Lord to help me by opening my eyes to opportunities I may be walking right past. For Him to create divine appointments—chance encounters that only God can ordain. For Him to pour out more grace and boldness, so I will not hesitate when the Holy Spirit nudges. And, for me to be ready to share the hope that is within me. My desire is that you will join me in this same prayer.
The man who purchased the antique chest had the estate company contact the previous owner’s son and deliver the chest to him. What an unselfish act! He gave away what he could have kept all to himself. And that is what we’re supposed to do with our treasure as well. Forget about hiding and hoarding it. Give it away!
All you need is a relationship with the Lord, the desire to talk about Him like you would talk about your best friend, and a heart for the lost. If you have these things, your testimony will naturally flow through your love of Christ and others.
Pull your treasure out from its hiding place and share it today. You’ll be richer for it!
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:8)
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