My 4-year-old son has a lot of treasures. In fact, every day of his life is spent collecting new treasures to put in his assorted treasure chests. These things don’t look like much, but to him they are essential to his life. If I were to throw his treasure away, he would be crushed.
This is a lot of fun when we go out in public. He walks around with his head down looking for things people miss. There are many items that get dropped and left in stores. When you ask him about something he found he will tell you “this is my treasure.”
This came to mind as I read Deuteronomy 7. God was in the process of reminding the Israelites about who they were to Him.
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the people on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 7:6
Is that amazing or what? The God who spoke the world into existence considers His people to be His treasured possession. Knowledge of this changes everything. It means that you are not just a random happening. It means your life has significance and individuality. It means that God, in His perfect design, has formed you masterfully into the person you are.
As I look at the piles of treasures that my son collects, it reminds me that significance can be found in the most random places. It says that the definition of treasure really is subject to the perspective of the person in possession of it. Many people would look at his pile of stuff and see just a pile of stuff. My son looks at it and sees valuable merchandise. The same is true of God. People in your life might look at you and see someone who they don’t really like. They might just view you as someone they can use for their own gain. God looks at you and sees a treasured possession; a possession that He desires more than anything else. He does not look at you and wish you were different. He loves you, flaws and all.
That is the beauty of the Gospel message, isn’t it? God, looking at humanity and all its ugliness, decides to send His Son to die for the all the sin of humanity. The verse that gets quoted often explains this perfectly.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Take that verse and insert your name into it in place of the word ‘world.’ This should give you something to consider as you go about your day. The God of the Universe loves you so much that He gave His perfect son, so that He could be with you for eternity. If that doesn’t make you a treasured possession, I’m not sure what does.