Something lies buried inside you. It’s been there for a very long time, actually it’s been there since before you were born.
It’s precious, rare and pure. It’s the essence of who you are and who you become when you are in Christ. It’s your gold.
It’s no accident that one of the gifts given to the baby Jesus by three supposed very wise men was gold.1 It’s also no accident that the streets of heaven are paved with pure gold, transparent as glass.2 Or that gold adorned the temple of the Lord.
Gold is the most expensive and most precious metal. It is something that man cannot duplicate. It’s expense is in it’s rarity. Because of this it represents God’s divine nature, the only nature having immortality.
Is it not interesting that God bestows that same eternal life on believers when they accept Jesus’ sacrifice for their human sin nature?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”3
This same symbol of the divine nature of God was given as a gift to Christ as a baby, as a indication of who He was. Heaven’s streets paved with gold are another indication of that divine nature as was the decoration of the temple.
The symbol of gold are also used throughout the scripture to talk about those who follow God.
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a world rightly spoken.”4
“You may have an abundance of wealth, piles of gold and jewels, but there is something of far greater worth—speaking words of revelation-knowledge.”5
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”6
In other words, God is saying His people are those who have discovered this inner life of joy and abundance that comes from following His ways.
In several places in scripture God speaks of the process of bringing His people back to Him as testing or refining them like gold or silver.
“I will put them into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”7
The testing or purification process takes all the impurities out of gold. In the same way, God wants the impurities removed from the lives of His people so they will be fully devoted to Him.
Peter explained it this way: “Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.”8
So what is the hidden gold inside of you? In essence it’s a total reliance on the wisdom of God and His Word for everything. It’s following Him in all His ways. It’s learning in Him is found everything necessary for walking life’s journey in victory.
Consider this statement from Proverbs the next time you are wondering what to do.
“Wise correction is more valuable than silver or gold. The finest gold is nothing compared to the revelation-knowledge I can impart. Wisdom is so priceless it exceeds the value of any jewel . Nothing you could wish for could equal her.”9
God wants us to tap into His resources, His gold. It is found only when we look to Him instead of to ourselves. If we are directionless, we need to go to Him and ask for directions. Otherwise, we will remain lost and without value in the Kingdom.
“If you wait at wisdom’s doorway—Longing to hear a word for every day, joy breaks forth within you as you listen for what I’ll say. For the fountain of life pours into you every time you find Me, and this is the secret of growing in the delight and favor of the Lord.”10
This golden walk in wisdom with the God of the universe happens when we focus on Him and His wants instead of our own fleshly desires and wants.
Although we live in a body, we do not have to fulfill the desires or lusts of our flesh. These can be anything related to the body—sexual sin, pornography, overeating, over-the-top anger, jealousy, theft, overindulging in alcohol or other things that we think we must have to satisfy this craving that we can’t seem to satisfy any other way
John tells us, “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”11
As I was studying the other day, I ran across a verse in Proverbs that literally arrested me. It is exactly what God has been doing in me on this journey I’ve been walking the last five years.
As I get closer and closer to Him and the processed sugar becomes a thing of the past, He replaces that old desire with something ten times greater.
In essence what I did back then was to hand Jesus my overwhelming craving and desire for sugar. What He gave me in exchange was something I always wanted, but never knew I wanted until I began to experience it.
My soul is fed everyday from the sweetness of the gold that He imparts to me.
“When God fulfills your longings, sweetness fills your soul.”12
It is my prayer that you will be able to hand to Jesus the thing you crave, the thing that is pulling you headlong away from Him. As you do, He will give you something much greater. He will give you Himself completely, with more grace, favor and blessing than you could ever imagine.
1 Matthew 2:11
2 Rev. 21:21
3 John 3:16 NLT
4 Proverbs 25:11
5 Proverbs 20:15 Passion
6 Proverbs 3:13-15
7 Zechariah 13:9
8 1 Peter 1:7 MSG
9 Proverbs 8:10-11 Passion
10 Proverbs 8:34-35 Passion
11 1 John 2:15-17 MSG
12 Proverbs 13:19 Passion
Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group is Teresa Shields Parker’s new group on living healthy through a total renovation of body, soul and spirit. Teresa chronicles her journey in the memoir, Sweet Grace, and the practical application workbook, Sweet Grace Study Guide. Get a free chapter of her memoir at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.