William Randolph Hearst, the legendary newspaper publishing magnate, was one of the wealthiest men of his time. His great wealth allowed him to spend millions of dollars collecting art treasures from around the world. One day he read the description of a valuable piece of art and promptly dispatched his agent abroad to locate the piece and buy it. After months of searching, the agent finally reported that he had found the treasure. Where was it? To Hearst’s great surprise, it was stored in one of his own warehouses, having already been purchased by him years earlier.
There are many applications we could make to this story, but let me offer just this one: Sometimes the treasure you seek is one you already have in your possession if you only knew it.
Christian, what does God’s word say about being content with the things you have? The passage is Hebrews 13:5-6:
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ (N.K.J.V.)
The teaching is: If you have Jesus, you have the Creator of the universe on your side, and that’s plenty of treasure for anyone.