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What a Gem!


Here’s a good news story. Life was tough for Big LT. He lost a leg in a car accident and was finding it hard to make ends meet. One day, watching television, LT saw a Navajo Chief’s blanket appraised on Antique Road Show for $350,000-$500,000. He owned a similar blanket that had been passed down through the family. Perhaps it might be worth up to $10,000. You never know.

LT took his blanket to an auctioneer for appraisal. It turned out to be a gem. They conservatively estimated its value at over $350,000. LT needed the money and so put it up for auction. The bidding, for his old, bottom drawer storage, 1840/50’s Navajo First Phase Chief’s Blanket, started at $150,000 and climbed steadily until it finally stopped at a staggering $1.5 million.

LT valued his old blanket. But he had no conception of its true value.

You and I can be like LT. We discover something valuable in the gospel and our relationship with Jesus. It’s precious enough to save us so we’re glad to embrace it as our own – another item in our kitbag of goodies. But, all to often, we actually have no idea what we possess.

Jesus says, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it’ (Matt 13:45-46).

Those who lay hold of Jesus are endowed with all the riches of eternity guaranteed by the promise of God. Now that’s a really good news story. And it’s my story and can be yours.