water: a treasure for 18th C. missionaries in San Diego

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13: 44 (NIV)

In my childhood, I was fascinated by stories of pirates and buried treasure. I was fascinated by magazines that cataloged discoveries of sunken Spanish galleons filled with gold (e.g., the La Girona off the North Ireland coast, and the Atocha off the Florida Keys). Following treasure maps or happening upon sunken galleons is unlikely for most of us. Many see prosperity as security. However, when you are part of a community who find security through Jesus Christ, the treasure we share is not material. It is the confidence that our needs will be met despite challenges and disappointments. A promise, through Jesus, may we spend Eternity with God. Illness, hatred, loneliness, poverty, homelessness, addiction, lust, greed, and pride can be overcome. In the Bible it says that “the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing”. But to those who have turned their lives around, through Jesus, and follow Him, “it is Power” (1 Corinthians 1:18). No amount of lottery tickets, stock trades, gold bullion or celebrity can buy that.


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