Graham Cooke: pgs. 19-20
SPEAK TO THE TREASURE
Jesus knew that whatever He spoke to would rise up in
people. Humanity always speaks to the earthen vessel, noting
every crack, flaw, and warp: “If you put this right, and change
that, then we’ll let you in and accept you.” God is not remotely
like that. He speaks to the treasure in a person and releases it
from the captivity of the flesh. He extracts the precious from
the worthless. We often try and do the opposite; we take out the
trash and see what’s left. When we speak to the treasure in people,
it moves to the surface of their lives, from the hidden to
the obvious. The rubbish always comes with it. When people see
their own worth, they get rid of their own carnality. That’s why
the prophetic and the pastoral go so well together. But God
knows there is treasure in each of us and He wants to bring it
to the surface. Don’t let your view of the worthless obscure that
which is precious about a person.
“I HAVE FOUND THE PARADOX
THAT IF I LOVE UNTIL IT
HURTS, THEN THERE IS NO
HURT, BUT ONLY MORE LOVE.”
We have got to change the way we think of, and behave
around, other people. We don’t have any enemies except for
the devil and his demons. The Apostle Paul believed this: “For
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,” he
wrote in Ephesians 6:12. We don’t have any human enemies,
only people who we are not finding treasure in. Fortunately,
God can give us a different type of vision to help us see people
in a new way.
“Let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible
beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the
sight of God,” Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:4. “Incorruptible” in this
verse means that the beauty will not pass away; unlike a flower
that blooms and withers, that which is precious in God’s eyes
stands forever. When God looks at you, He sees what is precious—
what He most loves about you right now.
Jesus knew that whatever He spoke to would rise up in people. Humanity always speaks to the earthen vessel, noting every crack, flaw, and warp: “If you put this right, and change that, then we’ll let you in and accept you.” God is not remotely like that. He speaks to the treasure in a person and releases it from the captivity of the flesh. He extracts the precious from the worthless.
My Comment: Graham points out how God “speaks to” to release His power prophetically. We also need to “speak it” out in our own lives. This statement adds a layer of how the Holy Spirit began to work as Jesus ministered to the people. Jesus spoke to the good in a person because He knew the power of His Righteousness was all empowering; to raise Lazarus, heal the woman with a blood issue, give sight to the blind. What was Jesus doing? Speaking to the treasure and releasing it to allow change (renewing), healing and life.
When I was a kid, we would eat at this cafeteria style restaurant and it was one of my favorite places to go. I got to pick out my own items (even deserts) and when we would leave to pay… they gave us kids a small bag of chocolate gold coins. It was the absolute BEST! Perhaps, that is what it was like for Jesus each time those “treasures” were deposited into His Father’s hand for safe keeping until Jesus finished His work and returned to sit at God’s right hand. (Hmm…I wonder if it was palm up… filled with sparkling Crowns of Gold.)
Each day God will bring treasures along our path to make deposits into; fruit of the Holy Spirit, words of knowledge and insights and to speak to those things that are not… as if they are! I heard someone say this about faith… “Faith takes and Grace makes!” God’s grace has made evidence of His promises to us and our faith has to take what Jesus provides to those who believe. Faith is believing in the treasure God deposits into our life and then speaking it into existence by renewing our mind and changing our behaviors (reinforcing good choices and stopping bad habits).