treasures part 2: the best part of the story

The other day I wrote this post about my sweet treasure hunter inspiring me to hunt for the treasure I have in Jesus. I meant every bit of it, but as I was reading to the kids from their children’s bible last night I realized I may have only told part of the story. In fact, I think I may have left out the biggest part, which is pretty telling of the way I often view my relationship with God. Only talking about my need to seek God and see Jesus as my treasure for now and forever, is only telling part of the story. I left out the greatest part, the reason for all of it-the reason I can even “treasure hunt'” in the first place. I told about the part where I do something, but I left out the part where God does something. I left out the most beautiful part of the story where the King, the Creator, the Truest Treasure becomes the Great Treasure Hunter.

He hunts with more stamina and more zeal than I ever could. He gave up everything to find His lost treasure. And He wasn’t motivated by greed, but my love. His treasure? Me.

For so long I have lived a life of obligation. I have been motivated by guilt. I always needed to do more, be more, try harder. It makes sense to me that I should hunt for Jesus, pursue Jesus, draw near to Jesus. And all of that is true. But so often in my life I forget that God first hunted for me. “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

I am His treasure.

For years I heard people tell me (and I told myself) to pursue God, to follow hard after God. And I should. (Hebrews 11:6, James 4:8, Matthew 7:7-12). But so often I struggled with my worth being what I did for God, and let me tell you- it was never enough. I am realizing my identity is not in what I do or don’t do. My identity is not about how other people see me. It is really not about me at all. My identity is found in Jesus and who I am in Him. Nothing can change that.

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:11-17 (NLV)
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:16-17
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:4-8
I am His treasure. He gave everything to capture and secure my heart. In the kids’ bible after God has created Adam and Eve it says “And He loved them. And they were lovely because He loved them”. This makes my heart let out a sigh. My tired heart can stop trying and trying and floundering. My heart can just rest in the love of my Great Treasure Hunter. It can beat with love for Him and everything else can just come after that, in its place. What a relief and comfort is the love of Christ. No condemnation. No uneccessary guilt. No unrealistic expectations. No comparisons. Just Grace. Just love.  (Romans 8:1.)
My Great Treasure Hunter hunted me. He dreamed up a master plan to save me. He sacrificed it all to get me back. He left no stone un-turned; no darkness could keep him out. He traveled through time and space to hunt for my heart: His treasure. And He wants me to stop. He wants His love to be enough for me- enough satisfaction, enough salvation, enough motivation.
I can love because He first loved me. I can rest because He first loved me. I can hunt for my treasure in every circumstance because He first loved me. And I rejoice knowing where my eternal treasure lies because He first loved me. That is enough.
I am so glad that me hunting is only a part of the story. I am learning more and more to remember the most important part of the story: My Great Treasure Hunter relentless hunting for His beloved treasure: me. Wow.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23:6 (NLV)

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