Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Imagine that you are minding your own business when a friend approaches you. Not just any friend, but a close friend, a trustworthy friend, an honest friend. Someone who is not prone to wild tales or fanciful lies. This friend tells you that there is an immense treasure buried in a field—a million dollars in gold! But they don’t just give you ambiguous generalities, they give you the address of the field, and tell you it’s on the north side of a shrub. They tell you the treasure is in a chest buried twenty feet down and give you all the tools you will need. They even offer you their help if you want it. You take the picks and shovels and head out. You pull up to the field, locate the shrub and start digging. You get one foot down. Then two. Then five. Then ten. But it’s hot; you want something to drink. You get down to 12 feet. You’re hungry. You get down to 15 feet, but you’re tired. You get down to 18 feet, but your back starts to hurt. You get to 19 feet, just one foot away! But you stop to rest, get something to eat, something to drink, to get out of that hot, beating sun. You know that it’s only another foot or so down, but you begin to question whether or not this treasure is worth it. It would be really nice to just get home, take a nice, refreshing shower, and relax on the couch. So you decide to pack up and head home. You decide the treasure just isn’t worth it.
It’s kind of ridiculous to think that someone would give up when they are so close to something so valuable, but too often, we as Christians do the same thing with God. We know exactly where He’s at. We know how to connect with Him, but we stop short. We get tired. We get busy. We get distracted by everything around us. We don’t dig deep enough, and we fall short and accept a mediocre (at best) walk with Christ.
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:6-10 NASB