Just the other day I received a phone call from Debi Pearl. She asked if my kids would like to join up with her grandchildren for a treasure hunt in the corn field. I quickly gathered my flock and journeyed to the field which is only a half mile down the road. They leaped with joy to find the tall stalks of corn that held little hidden treasures.
Each time they would pull an ear of corn down from the tall stalk, they would frantically open each one as if it were a special gift wrapped just for them. They could not wait to see what was inside.
Each was a treasure of untold beauty. Each one unique. Every treasure gleamed like jewels of high price in every color imaginable. To the children they were like real gems and each child could not wait to show off the next prize.
It was a treasure hunt aboard the safari cruiser...All Aboard! And Mama Deb would drive over the tall stalks to pull them down where the little children could reach them.
As soon as she would holler, "Go get em, kids!" They would scatter in all directions looking for the corn. And Mama Deb would climb off and work right with them. Working alongside your kids makes for great family fun.
When the corn was hauled to her home, her and her husband just marveled at the beauty that was hidden in such a dried and worn out husks. Each cob became another treasure to discover.
Papa Pearl planted the corn from last years crop. He hand selected the cobs that had a few blue kernels on the primarily white cobs and was blown away by the results. He had no idea the beauty that he would find. This following picture illustrates the pure white corn, the next is the select corn that Papa Pearl planted in his field, and the following cobs were the result.
The red one was so brilliant I would have been fooled it was a pomegranate. It so fascinated me, that I hand picked one kernel of each color of the rainbow. What a treasure!
Some cobs had gotten wet and the color or the kernel bled into the husk. It is truly amazing how God is a God of such diverse beauty in the most simple displays!
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field;
the which when a man hath found, he hideth,
and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath,
and buyeth that field."
When man found the treasure he realized how precious it was. He sold all he had to buy the field because he knew what its worth was. In a similar way, God offers his kingdom as a glorious treasure even more valuable than the treasures we store up upon the earth.
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal"
The treasure of this earth will fade away. They will not endure like the precious hope and stay we have in Christ—it is eternal. He offers His treasure at a price we can afford—free. Many will not experience this incorruptible treasure because they will not feel they deserve something that they get for free. They continue to labor in vain for something they can not buy with deeds. Lay up, therefore, your treasure in heaven. God is never more pleased with a child who unwraps his glorious gems of truth and receives them with thanksgiving.
Our works are like the ratted old withered husks. Inside, if we have trusted Christ alone, there lies something precious—the hidden treasure of the heart. He gives us a new heart and a new beginning. Our value is above that of the most prized jewels this earth has to offer. The works will be torn away (our flesh), and burned. All that remains is the righteousness of Christ. And just like the farmer prizes his corn, our Father in heaven is glorified when he sees us trusting in Him. And each seed that He produced, each in it's unique gleaming luster, can be planted and yield a hundred fold. Just think, you are a hidden treasure in Christ!