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Fathers Day Blessing: Rare and Beautiful Treasures

This one is for the Dads, and for the Dads in your life.

Proverbs 24:3–4 By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with rare and beautiful treasures.

Let’s be honest. All of us like a bit of treasure. For some of us that’s a bigger house or nicer car. For others, priceless artworks and rare artifacts. I, like most other men, particularly men my age (just south of forty), have certain ambitions. And I will admit that being in a ‘better financial position’ (whatever that means) is one of them. I think that is natural, and for the most part, God-given. We desire deeply to provide as best as we can for our families. But relentless focus on the destination can rob us of the beauty of the journey. And as my wife recently reminded me, focusing on the things that we do not have robs us of the blessing of the things that we do have.

My house may not be full of the sort of treasure that more money could buy. Maybe one day it will be, and maybe it won’t. But as a husband and father, my house is filled right now with five priceless treasures—my wife and four children! These are rare treasures indeed, because each of them is absolutely unique. One of a kind!

Dads, it doesn’t matter today whether or not you are ‘up to’ where you thought you might be up to at this point in your life. It doesn’t matter what your achievements may or may not be. It doesn’t matter how much you have or how little of what you want you now possess. You are a Father. You have been given by sheer grace, the gifts of your children. And regardless of how difficult they can be at times, they are unique, and incredibly valuable. You live in a treasure chamber!

Happy Fathers Day.


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Does any of it really matter?

 This semester I have the unspeakable privilege of teaching through the New Testament book by book. This week’s lesson was on the gospel of John. Of all of the things that could have ‘jumped off the page’ at me as I read the fourth gospel again in preparation for the class, it was the very last verse that struck me.

 John 21:25

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

I must have read this verse hundreds of times, but this time, I got ‘stuck’ on it. Obviously the statement is hyperbole right (an intentional exaggeration employed to make a particular point)? I mean, I’ve been in some pretty large and impressive libraries during the course of studies. The biggest (and probably the best) of them was the Regenstein library at the University of Chicago. Indeed this library, is one of the largest libraries in the world. According to its own website, it holds 4.5 million(physical) volumes, which it has collected through a process of constant acquisition over many years. . .and yet, it takes up somewhat less than a single city block. Here’s a picture:

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But as I thought about it, a well-known quote came to mind: “you are the only gospel that some people will ever read.” And it hit me. The world has indeed been filled with countless volumes that record the wonderful and miraculous works of Jesus. For just as God promised to write the words of the New Covenant on human hearts, so he has also been recording the works of Jesus onto the very lives of his followers ever since the apostle John penned the statement above. We are those books. And I daresay that if all of his followers over the centuries were alive today, the entire world could scarcely contain their number. And yet, God is not done writing. This very day, God continues to write his story onto the pages of your life.

So next time you are tempted to wonder what the point of it all is, consider this: the purpose of a book lies outside of the book itself. The purpose of the story that God is writing in and with your life, is that it would be read by others, and that in reading the story of your life, they themselves might become acquainted with the Author, enfolding their story into his and surrendering the pages of the coming chapters of their own lives to will of the greatest story teller of all time. As the Psalmist says, “my heart is stirred with a noble theme as I recite my verses before the King, my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer” (Ps 45:1).

In short, God has chosen to display his works in us, so that his own character and nature; his own glory and majesty; his inscrutable wisdom and relentless love may be clearly seen; heard; experienced, by others.

 

May his works be multiplied in your life today, that others may see Jesus in you.