April 6, 2008
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:20-21
A man by the name of Wookey was searching for scrap metal in a pile of rubbish outside of Lancashire, England.
Mr. Wookey was most surprised when he came across a leather-bound book. The binding was scorched and smoking, but the pages remained in good shape. Wookey grabbed the book, and kept it when he moved to Canada.
Years later, in Toronto, Wookey decided to have the book appraised. The expert said the volume was a 300-year-old work by Thomas Traherne. At auction, the book sold for over one hundred thousand dollars!
All of which is my way of saying that you can find some pretty valuable things in unexpected places.
As valuable a find as Wookey's book was, I can think of another Treasure which is far more precious. To find this Treasure, you should not search through the dumpsites of the world. This Treasure is found, actually will not be found, in an ancient and borrowed tomb.
The empty grave of Jesus assures us God's most valuable plan of salvation is complete.
Unlike Wookey's treasure, this valuable Gift from God cannot have its worth measured in dollars and it will never be sold at auction. Even so it is priceless, a gift from our gracious God which should be cherished and kept and shared.
In that spirit, allow me to encourage you to continue the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, humankind’s Treasure. If you do, you will have a Fortune that is precious, indeed.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for the valuable Gift of Your Son. The salvation given to me in His resurrection is to be cherished and kept. Give me the words and wisdom to share that Treasure with others. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries