I love beautiful and sparkly things! A treasure chest full of jewels excites my imagination. Just imagine finding such a thing. What would you do with it?
Open it once in a while, glance at the contents and then stick it back on the shelf?
Take it out often, lift out one piece at a time, and examine it in the light from all angles, appreciating and admiring the brilliance of the jewels and the intricacy of their settings?
Put on a piece and wear it, letting its beauty complement your own and allowing others to share in the pleasure of viewing such magnificence?
Okay, I don’t have a treasure like that. But I do have a better one—a Book that contains the secrets of life, joy, wisdom, peace, and much more!
So what do I do with it?
Do I just keep it unopened somewhere in the cupboard?
Do I open it once in a while, glance at the contents, then stick it back on the shelf and go my merry way?
Do I pick it up often, read a bit at a time (or a whole chunk), and examine it carefully in the light of the Holy Spirit’s teaching within me, growing in love for the One who crafted this treasure and getting to know Him better through what it reveals about Him?
Do I “wear it” by letting it shape who I am and what I do, how I think and act? Are others encouraged and drawn to the Artist through the display of His beauty in me?
“Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.” (Psalm 119:72)