We all have seen the television game shows…. You know, the ones with the doors. “Let’s see what’s behind door number one!” the show hosts shouts. The crowd oooooohs and aaaaaaahhs after the reveal and the same happens after the reveal of what’s behind door number 2.
Then the tricky part comes—- the moment when it’s time to make a huge decision. The game show host asks the contestant which prize they want to take home. Do they go ahead and “accept” what is behind door number 1 or 2 OR do they blindly accept what’s hiding behind door number 3? The suspense!
I remember watching shows like this at my grandmother’s house when I was a little girl. “Choose door number 1!” I would scream at the tv. “No, no, pick number 2, instead”, I would say as I quickly changed my mind. It never made sense to me why anyone would pick door number 3. I mean, didn’t they know, they were risking the known for the unknown? Why would they give up something they CAN see for something they CAN’T see?
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith. It states that faith “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. We live in a society in which we regularly have instant access to viewing “things”. We see the fancy cars that celebrities drive, the mansions some people live in, the expensive clothes others wear. And even though we are commanded not to be covetous (Exodus 20:17), we see them and honestly, many of us want them. They are indeed earthly treasures. We know they look good, feel good, and symbolize certain qualities that are praised on a regular basis —- things like wealth, fame, and power.
But what if we were encouraged to NOT choose the things we “see” behind door number 1 and door number 2 (the earthly things) and hold out for whatever is behind door number 3? What if?
That’s what God has asked us to do. It’s in His Word. 1 Corinthians 2:9 specifically states that no eyes have seen nor ears have heard all the treasures God has waiting for us in heaven. He has treasures, ya’ll! And they are worth far more than the earthly treasures we see every day by way of media and social media.
The kind of treasures God has for us won’t fade or go away either. They can’t be taken way or stolen from you once you get them either. They are timeless. They are intangible. Matthew 6:19 describes this in detail when it says not even moths and vermin can destroy these prepared treasures. Even thieves can’t steal them. Wow!
Often times, we look for earthly treasures and think they will make us happy or “complete” us. “If only, I could have a bigger house, a better car, more money……., then……..”. Then what? We would want an even bigger house, a more expensive car, and be working to make even more money. That’s because earthly treasures don’t complete us. They were never intended to. This Earth is only our temporary home. Our everlasting home is in Heaven with God. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
In Matthew 19: 21, Jesus told a rich man that if he wished to be “complete”, he should sell all his possessions and give them to the poor in order to follow him. Then, said Jesus, you will be complete.
So are we will willing to take a chance? It’s truly not even a chance if God said it and we believe in God and His promises. Are we willing to bet on God and know that He will give us the Heavenly treasures the Bible describes so eloquently? Will we forgo choosing the prizes/earthly treasures that are visible to us behind door number 1 and 2 and display patience, faithfulness, and diligence as we wait on what’s behind door number 3?
Let’s work together and hold each other accountable as we choose what’s behind door number 3. We know it’s going to be worth the wait and completely blow our minds!
May your eyes, your head, and your spirit always be LIFTED!
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