When you were a kid, did you ever wish you could discover hidden treasure? I remember when I was eight or nine, I helped a neighbor dig a big hole in his backyard because both of us believed that the previous owner of his house had buried something valuable there. All we found, after a week of digging, was his family’s sewer pipe. It was not really much of a treasure.
Lots of us, even as adults, toil and dig in the hope of finding some great treasure. Some strive for material wealth, and discover that material possessions are ultimately as disappointing as finding a sewer pipe at the bottom of a hole.
Some of us, knowing the snare of temporary riches, strive and toil for more eternal truths. We, thinking ourselves more mature, more adult, and more wise, don’t go for childish treasures. We embark on a quest for wisdom and knowledge. We spend years and fortunes to learn and explore, in hopes of finding the meaning of life, the ultimate answers, the real truth. Like children with a shovel, we sweat and dig, only to discover that the end of our quest for wisdom and knowledge is an empty hole with a sewer pipe at the bottom.
Wisdom and knowledge are true treasures. They are not temporary. They will not disappoint. The Bible says wisdom is better than jewels and knowledge is better than silver or gold. (see Proverbs 8:10-11)
But if this is true, why does our search for wisdom and knowledge often end in disappointment?
It is because we are looking for treasure in the wrong place.
In Colossians 2:3, the Apostle Paul gives us the treasure map for all those who are seeking true wisdom and knowledge. Speaking of Christ, he reminds us…
in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
All that we need to make us wise is in Christ. All that we need to know is in Christ. In Him, the very Incarnation of God, are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. There is no secret, mysterious, special treasure of wisdom or knowledge that is to be found anywhere else. We can dig holes on the earth or on the surface of Mars, but none of the holes we dig, none of the striving we do, none of the sweat we expend will uncover any true wisdom and knowledge. All of that treasure is in Christ, and in Him alone.
Now, finally, that childhood desire to discover hidden treasure can be satisfied, But it is not found by digging holes in our own backyard or even on other planets. It is not discovered by digging through books or taking classes or reading blogs or doing Google searcher. It is found ONLY by knowing Christ and learning from Him. In HIM, we CAN we find treasures that make our childhood dreams of treasure seem like faint shadows compared to the true riches we can now discover. All the treasures– ALL wisdom and knowledge– are discoverable… in Christ.
As He said Himself
The queen of the South… came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:42)
I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (Luke 21:15)
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)