“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6
“Treasure, That’s Just What You Are…” I hope everyone appreciates my tribute to Bruno Mars for the title.
But focusing on our topic for today, a verse like this comes with an interesting tension of joy and pressure. The pressure comes from the word “holy.”
We often see this word and get stressed because is carries with it a lot of weight. God being holy means He cannot tolerate sin nor can He allow it to go unpunished. I fully understand why this can be intimidating considering sin is part of all of our stories. On the other hand, we should all feel the warmth and power of God’s love when He calls us His treasured possession.
I can recall growing up I had a stuffed lion, who was appropriately named Simba, which I loved above all other stuffed animals. I took Simba everywhere and we did everything together. He was what I considered a treasured possession. I never wanted to be without him and I enjoyed every moment I had with him. Eventually I would grow out of carrying Simba around with me but he still resides in my parent’s house for the next generation of Nance kids to treasure.
Take a moment to reflect on something you treasure in your life. It could be a gift you received, a toy from your childhood, it could be your significant other, your job or anything else. Now, consider the amount of time and effort you invest in it. Whatever the treasured item/person is, you definitely invest the best of your resources towards it. You care for it well, you give it plenty of attention, and it catches your attention.
The reality is this is a quick description of how we treat something or someone we treasure. But think about what it means to be treasured. I cannot imagine a better feeling and way of life than being treasured. We do not always feel this way, then we read a verse such as this and realize we are.
The promise of this verse is we ARE God’s treasured possession. It does not matter how we feel, nor what we do because our position as God’s treasured possession is unshakeable. Our performance in this life does not add nor take away from how we are treasured because we are treasured perfectly by God.
God demonstrated how much He treasures us by sending His son Jesus to die for us. God provided grace all throughout history and is still providing endless grace to us now. As we receive more and more grace, we are able to take away the pressure of being holy because we move away from the command to be holy and we simply desire to be holy.
As we take more steps alongside Jesus, we gain clarity on how He lived. As we see more clearly how He lives we are able to reflect it in our own life. There is a place to rest in being God’s treasured possession. He not only makes His claim that we are His treasured possession, but He demonstrates it with His perfect and complete love for us.
When the world and the enemy try to tell you the lies of being worthless remind them God has already claimed you priceless as His treasured possession.
Think about the people or things you treasure in your life, and think about the effort and care you put into them.
Take some time to consider the truth you are treasured by God. How does this truth make you feel?
This truth is crucial for us to trust and live out. Sit in those feelings and know when you do not feel treasured, you always are!
Father, I thank You for allowing me to be Your treasure. What an undeserved reality to be treasured by the God of the universe. As a person who sins I am grateful I am not defined and known by it, rather I am defined and known by You. Help my heart to always remember above all else, I am treasured by You. Thank you for being You and I pray these things in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.