The famous newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst, invested a literal fortune collecting art treasures from around the world. One day Mr. Hearst found a description of a painting that he was interested in. So he sent an agent to trace the history of the painting and contact its current owner so that he could purchase it. After months of searching, the agent reported that he had finally found the treasured painting. It was in Mr. Hearst’s warehouse. Hearst had been searching frantically for a treasure he already owned! Had he read the catalog of his treasures, he would have saved himself a great deal of money and trouble.
That graphically illustrates many Christians today. Many today seek some supposed “deeper life” or “higher blessing” through many earthly sources. They desire a better life and search bookstores, the Internet, and the advice of others. Like William Randolph Hearst, they are clueless of what they already own – the Word of God, which has all the answers. If people will only search that, they will find all the treasures God has given. According to 2 Pet. 1:3, everything we need for life and godliness is in the Bible.
When Jesus was teaching some hard things for some to accept, some were leaving Him. To that, He turned to His apostles and asked, “Do you also want to go away? Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
With a new year on our doorstep, resolve to get more into the treasures you already have – in God’s word! The answer is in God’s word – for a better life, for salvation, for comfort, for everything!
Broadway church of Christ