Encourage0gram August 25, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I want to share a touching story with you today. It is a reminder to keep Jesus as the Treasure of our lives!
“Antiques Roadshow is the most popular television program on PBS. The premise is simple: the country's leading auction houses join independent dealers to offer free appraisals of the antiques and collectibles people have sitting around in their livings rooms, bedrooms, attics, or garages. In his book The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, author Tim Challies refers to a particular episode in which an elderly man from Tucson, Arizona, brought in an old blanket he had inherited several years ago. Though the man knew the old blanket probably possessed a little value when it came into his possession, he had simply thrown it over the back of a rocking chair in his bedroom. It had remained on the rocking chair until the opportunity arose for him to take it to the experts of the PBS program. Challies writes about what transpired:
With the blanket hanging on a rack behind them, the expert appraiser told the old man that his heart stopped when he first saw it. … [The appraiser explained] that the item was a Navajo chief's blanket that had been woven in the 1840s. In wonderful condition, it was one of the oldest, intact Navajo weaves to survive to the twentieth-first century, and certainly one of only a tiny handful to exist outside of museum collections. …
Because of its rarity and significance, the appraiser had no trouble assigning a value of somewhere between $350,000 and $500,000. …
As the man walked out of the convention center…the blanket he had cavalierly carried in with him was now cradled carefully in his arms. He walked out of the building with security guards on either side of him, drove straight to a bank, and placed the blanket in a safe deposit box. …
What had been "junk," a mere accent to an old rocking chair, had been instantly transformed into a precious treasure.
Challies goes on to offer this word of connection to the work of God in Christ: "When God saves his people, bringing us from death to life, he opens our eyes to love and appreciate the supreme treasure that is Jesus Christ."
Tim Challies, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Crossway, 2007), pp. 30-31.
As I read this story several many Bible verses came to mind. Such as:
NIV Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
NIV Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
NIV Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
NIV 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Each one reminds me of the infinite value of the gift of salvation that we have in Christ. Let us hold on the faith we profess and let us eagerly pray for others to meet Him. I love each of you in the Lord and look forward to celebrating our Treasure with you this Sunday!