Buried Treasure

Last month I reflected on Jesus’ parable of the Hidden Treasure, and I asked whether we are those who hide or share the treasure of the kingdom of God.

It got me thinking about buried treasure. Wikipedia claims that “pirates burying treasure was rare: the only pirate known to have buried treasure was William Kidd, who is believed to have buried at least some of his wealth on Long Island before sailing into New York City.” But, what about us? I suspect that we can be quite good at burying the treasure of the Gospel and hiding it away from the lost around us.

Perhaps we hide the treasure of the Gospel by not acknowledging God in our conversations. When a work mate asks how our weekend was, do we talk about our garden, the big game and our visit to Great Aunt Edna… and never quite get around to talking about church on Sunday?

Perhaps we hide the treasure of the kingdom by burying the Gospel’s demand to care for the poor or support missions underneath our possessions? Do we really need to upgrade our cars? How many of us have unused spare rooms that could host an international student? Or is it time to downsize and release capital into charity or mission?

Perhaps we hide the treasure of the Gospel by keeping ourselves so busy that we can no longer hear the still, small voice through which God confronts us with his costly call to join him in his mission.

Buried treasure did not work out for Captain Kidd. Wikipedia again: “Kidd had originally been commissioned as a privateer for England, but his behaviour had strayed into outright piracy, and he hoped that his treasure could serve as a bargaining chip in negotiations to avoid punishment. His bid was unsuccessful, however, and Kidd was hanged as a pirate.” In the parable of the talents, Jesus tells us that the master said of the slave who buried his talent in the ground, “As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:30).

Andrew Page
Tranzsend team leader


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