Ephesus
Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor

X marks the spot!

Whether it’s the story of Treasure Island, the legend of the Lost Dutchman, or the promise of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the idea of buried treasure simply fascinates us. Give us a treasure map, a legend, or a hot lead and we are off in pursuit of that which is hidden from sight.

Yet it would be easy to reach the conclusion that all the real treasures, all the great discoveries and magnificent finds have already been happened upon. It’s easy to think this way since we come so late in the story of mankind on earth. Everyone else got there first. All the best finds have already been found. Or have they?

Did you know:

  • It wasn’t until 1948 that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Israel? The value of these scrolls is priceless!
  • The stunning Karchner Caverns in our very own state of Arizona weren’t discovered until 1974? While I was sitting in a high school history class, two guys were making this discovery!
  • That the tomb and treasure of Philip of Macedon (the Father of Alexander the Great) wasn’t discovered until 1976? (While I was sitting in a college history class!)

Each of these “treasures” was buried just under the surface… just waiting for someone to trip upon their existence. Once they were discovered, the rest is, as they say, history!

I’m thinking about this because a few weeks back we visited the Biblical city of Ephesus in modern day Turkey. To say this ancient city is stunning is understating the experience. It’s simply breathtaking! But what has captured my attention is something the guide said, only 10-15% of the treasure this city holds has been discovered. Let me word this differently, only a fraction of what they know is there has been discovered… Only a small percent of this city has yet been excavated. Stuff is just sticking out of the ground begging someone to dig a little deeper (The picture above is of the LIBRARY!!!!).

Through the process of excavating, discovery happens. Excavation is the secret! But excavating is also where the work is, where the time investment is, and where the financial expense is. The treasure you discover is the reward; the process of excavating is the means to discovering it.

Now please allow me to change the subject to make a point. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Word of God. I’ve thought about all the treasures of wisdom and insight it contains. About all the life-transforming truths and priceless discoveries that are there to be had… if only we will dig.

Job 28:20-21 says:

“Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky.”

Then where is Biblical wisdom to be found? It is clearly NOT on the surface, easily seen by just anyone and everyone. It is revealed only to those who are willing to “excavate” it – to invest some time, some energy and some effort to dig it out. The treasure goes to the diligent. Is that you?  

If it is, get a Bible, a journal, and a pen, and get busy–digging! If you do, you’ll find treasure before you know it! The wisdom and insight you’ll discover will be your reward!

X marks the spot! Dig it? THEN DIG IT!

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