If someone were to ask me what I thought treasure was, my almost immediate response would be something along the lines of what you see in the pirate films. Buried feet beneath white sand and hidden beneath a subtle marking of X is a wooden chest filled with the most valuable gems, jewels, and coins known to man.
But when my friend asked me to keep her child for two days, my entire idea of treasure changed. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that this child was a treasure, someone of value and worth.
As a woman without kids, my mind cannot yet wrap around the depth of a mother’s love for her baby. It is a special bond, one that cannot be fabricated or forced. To a mother, her baby is her crowing glory, the most valuable thing on this earth.
So to be entrusted with someone’s most precious treasure was a task I didn’t take lightly. I was given the privilege of guarding and caring for someone’s beloved.
In 2 Timothy 1:14, Paul writes to Timothy saying, “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”
Almost as a doting father would his son, Paul instructs Timothy to shield the treasure entrusted to him. For these men, however, the treasure they were discussing was the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
False teachers and slanderers had been coming up against the Gospel and were attempting to distort the messages in it. Paul did not want Timothy to fall prey to the deception and destruction of these wicked people, so he took initiative and warned him against it.
Paul was calling Timothy to be faithful to the true, inerrant Word of God. In spite of what his peers may have said or what society may have pushed, Timothy must cling tightly to the truth and treasure of the Gospel.
Notice how Paul doesn’t tell Timothy to become belligerent and hostile toward anyone, but rather to be intentional about protecting what has been given to him.
Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is something more valuable, precious, beloved, and beautiful than anything this world can offer. It is something we should want to nurture and guard, to develop and protect with all of our being. Instead, many times we treat it as an impertinence.
We want to do this, but the treasure demands that we live holy and set apart.
We want to go here and watch that, but the treasure reminds us to renew our minds.
Our flesh fights against the efforts and discomforts required of protecting our relationship with Jesus Christ, but isn’t treasure something worth fighting for?
Most of us would do anything to protect our families and friends, but we treat our spiritual walks as something we can compromise on. Brothers and sisters, like the man in the New Testament, we should be willing to buy an entire plot of land to secure the precious pearl of the Gospel. We should have such a passion for what has been entrusted to us that we would do anything the Lord asked us to.
It’s not too late to change how we live and how we treasure His treasure.