Seeking kingdom treasure brings blessings, not curses.
The other day while channel surfing, I came across a long-running TV series. The Curse of Oak Island is a reality television show that follows brothers and treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina. After learning about many other explorers’ failed attempts to find long-lost treasures, the two purchased most of the island.
Oak Island, a small, wooded island just off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, is a treasure trove of stories. Legend has it that in 1795, three teenage boys discovered a strange, man-made hole on Oak Island, and after digging, they found several intriguing artifacts. This discovery fed rumors of buried treasures in the area, primarily since it occurred around the end of the piracy era. As a result, for more than 200 years afterward and at the cost of millions of dollars, dozens have attempted to find the “big score.”
Intrigued and entranced from childhood, Rick and Marty Lagina pick up where others left off today. This is even after knowing about the tragedies and “curses” assigned to the island. Now entering its 10th season, the show documents these men’s obstacles and victories to find the anticipated “greatest treasure in history.” Unfortunately, they’ve only found some historical artifacts and fragments but nothing of significant monetary value.
These men have invested significant money and time seeking a treasure they hope will be found. Their story reminds me of how Scripture tells a similar story. When someone learns about the kingdom of God, they will do anything and everything to find a way to secure this treasure. Even to the point of giving up all they have. They know that seeking kingdom treasure brings blessings, not curses.
Answer and Journal the Following
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
First pray for insight and understanding of God’s word. Then and most importantly, how to apply it.
Contemplate and meditate on or memorize the passage. What is God saying to you?
How will you apply this to your life?
How will you share what you learned with others?
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