Hey, Superkids, how is your treasure hunting going? The last few months we’ve talked about hunting for the greatest prize to be found, WISDOM! I let you in on my adventures in treasure hunting. I shared a picture of ME digging in the dirt for diamonds. What a great example of the lengths and effort we should be willing to go to for wisdom. Seashell hunting or diamond mining can’t compare to finding real life and real help in Jesus, especially since HE CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND!
When we find wisdom, the Bible says we’ve found the main thing. But how do we “keep the main thing, the main thing”? How do we stay focused on not only finding wisdom, but walking in the ways of wisdom that we discover? You’ll find a few great answers in God’s Word, but one of the most important treasure tools the Father gives us is godly friends. They make such a difference in our lives! I call them Treasure Buddies. I have some amazing treasure buddies in my life. Do you? And how do you know if your friends are treasure buddies or more like pirates? God’s Word describes both kinds of people.
Have you ever known kids who want to grow up too fast or think it’s cool to make their own choices—who want to do their own thing and go their own way regardless of what their teachers or parents say? They may think it’s the quickest way to have fun and impress others, by getting their own way or being a big shot. But the goals your friends consider to be great treasures may not be treasures at all. Being the best at sports, being popular, being the funniest or the cutest, pales in comparison to the life God has planned for them. When you choose to run with those friends, you’ll focus on the same things they do and you’ll be looking in the wrong places for treasure and end up in a pirate trap!
Proverbs 1:10-15 (New Living Translation) talks about some pretty bad characters—murderers, thieves and out and out pirates, but LOOK! The Bible considers people who sin and think it’s fun, in the same category.
My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.
You’re probably not tempted to hang out with people who are that bad, but how bad is OK to you? The verses above talk about people who think it’s funny to steal, and to be mean, selfish, sneaky and hurtful. Know anyone like that? Study the people you hang out with at school. What are they looking for? What is treasure to them? Do they help you follow God and help you respect wisdom and authority? I pray so! That would mean they are actually like treasure maps, giving you direction that flows along with God’s Word and the wisdom from your parents! Did you even realize friends could do that? Think about this: Did you ever think that YOU could be a treasure map for YOUR friends?
Having someone to run after God with, is like a diamond in many ways. One thing about a diamond that helps you find it, is that dirt won’t stick to it. It slides right off! Just like sin won’t stick to someone who loves Jesus! Even when they mess up or sin, Jesus helps them get rid of it. We all need friends like that! Another interesting diamond fact is what happens when light hits it. Actually, several things happen. Not only is light reflected, but when light hits the top, it swirls around inside before shooting back out the top. It can even create a rainbow effect!
You and a godly friend can bring out the Jesus treasure in each other, the same way a great relationship with your parents can make you shine like a well-cut and polished diamond!
Loads of wisdom can be found in 1 and 2 Timothy, including how we should live our lives. And one of my favorite jewels is found in 2 Timothy 2:22 where it says, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (NLT).
In other words,
RUN FROM anything that stirs a desire to sin.
RUN TOWARD God and all His ways.
RUN WITH friends who love Him, too.
Those are your TREASURE BUDDIES! If you have friends like that, be thankful! If you don’t, then ask the Lord to bring you one! Either way, YOU be a treasure buddy and run after wisdom! You’ll find that treasure-hunting friend God is sending your way!
Happy Hunting, Superkids! ♥