You are a Special Treasure
In a passage in Deuteronomy 11 the Lord issues advice to obey his word. “Store up [Treasure] these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” What are the words the Lord want you to treasure in your innermost being? Is it “Do better”? “All ways do good”? “Try harder”? Are these the words that make up the primary message of the Bible?
No. Those words only remind us that we are falling short. The words God wants us to treasure are simply, “I love you!”
These words stop the lie that was first told to Eve in the garden, “God doesn’t love you.” The Deceiver only poisons our mind and hearts to stop us from trusting the Lord with our very lives.
“You will be my own special treasure … though all the earth is mine.” (Ex 19:5) Of everything on the earth, you stand out. You are His treasure and He gives to you generously. His gifts to us are different in each stage of our lives. Jesus urges us to lay up that treasure in Heaven. (Matt 6:19-21) Giving what treasure we have back to Him lasts for all eternity. One good response is to explore opportunities that will be a surprisingly good fit for you to make a difference for Him. Sign up or login to missionnext.org and see how the Lord might use you, His special treasure.
People that have transitioned to missions from their careers all say the same thing, “I am having the time of my life.” That is a special treasure.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder MissionNext
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.