“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to a God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
I am a Beautiful Treasure.
Has anyone ever told you that you are a treasure? I don’t know about you, but those are words I have never heard in my life, or believed if anyone ever said that to me. But just because you have never heard those words or never believed it, doesn’t make it any less true.
A treasure is something of value. Something that is cherished. Something that somebody holds dear. Something that a great price is placed on. Take a moment and think about the things you place high value on. What do you cherish? What do you hold dear? Treasure looks different in everyone’s eyes. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Some people have an eye for seeing the beautiful, priceless nature in something that other people deem as trashy and worth throwing away. That’s why the idea of upcycling now a days is so popular. People taking ordinary, broken down objects that have been left to be dumped and transforming them into beautiful new objects. Whether those newly upcycled objects serve the same purpose they were designed for or whether they have been made into something with a totally new purpose, those items are usually seen as beautiful masterpieces when all is said and done.
Does any of that sound familiar at all? It should. Because, it is a reflection of what we are in this life. Often times, the world sees a person as used or damaged or broken. Only worth being dumped out and thrown away. They view a person as dirty and too destroyed to spend any effort on fixing or bringing back to life. They laugh and jeer and kick that person to the curb because they know that person is no longer worth it. But, let me tell you friends. God sees a completely different picture in each and every one of us.
You are a beautiful treasure. The verse I wrote at the beginning of this post talks about being a treasure in jars of clay. Do you see that in yourself or do you have trouble seeing past the jars of clay on the outside? If you think about a clay jar, especially in respects to Bible times, those jars were not very fancy. They were often a simple clay jar created to hold things. Nothing much distinguished one jar from another jar and only the person who put something in the jar knew what was in the jar. Some probably contained milk or oil or water while others contained flour or grain or other things. Even that in itself may not seem like a great treasure to us, but think about how precious food is to some people. It is life, it is sustenance. It often cost a lot more than people could afford and so to waste any amounts of it would have been a near tragedy.
Do you see yourself as precious or needed? A great treasure to be hidden away to prevent thieves from breaking in and stealing it away? You should. God sees far beyond the dusty, broken jar of clay that creates the outside façade of your life. He sees the beautiful treasure that lies underneath. Like a diamond in a dirty, dark mine, that treasure has to be hunted for and worked at to dig it out of the depths of the earth. And even then, diamonds have to be cleaned up and cut away at to make them shine and reflect the light in the most brilliant and beautiful way possible. If you know anything about diamonds, you know that diamonds are also one of the hardest substances on this planet. You can tell well a diamond is real or fake by whether it breaks under pressure or not.
You are a beautiful treasure. Just like the valuable substance hidden away in the jar of clay or the diamond that is buried deep in the earth, you are a precious treasure. And just like hunting for buried treasure, you are something worth searching for and waiting for. You are a glorious and wonderful human being whose worth can be found far beyond the surface picture that everyone sees in you. People who pass you off as just another jar of clay have done themselves a disservice by passing over the beautiful, radiant you that lies underneath. Don’t sell yourself short or see yourself as a broken antiquity that can no longer function as it was designed. Believe in the beautiful you that lies beneath the surface. Maybe you just need someone to do a little digging to find that beautiful treasure that lies underneath. Find people who are willing to dig into the crummy broken places of your life and draw out the beautiful diamonds that sparkle beneath the surface. Keep those people close and get rid of the people who don’t take the time to discover that beautiful part of you or want that beautiful part only to use and abuse the most precious part of you.
God knows that beauty lies underneath. He sees the beauty on the inside and looks at the outside with what lies underneath on His mind. He doesn’t see the broken or damaged jar of clay. He sees only you. The whole and beautiful you He created you to be. You have such worth and He knows how valuable you are. Satan wants to destroy even that part of us because he doesn’t want the world to see how truly precious and valuable you are. He also sees the beautiful diamonds of our hearts and minds and souls and tries his hardest to bury those beautiful gems deeper in the earth so that the world can’t find those priceless parts of our lives. Trust God to draw out those radiant parts of your life and believe that they truly exist. Let the world see the depths of your value and worth and let the light and power of God’s love and glory shine out and reflect in every aspect of your life.
You are a Beautiful Treasure. Don’t let that part of you stay locked away.