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Burying Our Idols

leninVladimir Lenin, the famous leader of the Bolsheviks, is considered by many Russians to be a hero. Today, his body remains one of their national treasures. And ever since 1924, when Lenin’s body was placed in Moscow’s Red Square, Lenin has been on display in an open mausoleum.

The Russian Biomedical Technology Research and Training Centre is the organization tasked with preserving Lenin in “lifelike condition.” But Lenin is, most definitely, not alive. Lenin is never coming back to life in this world. And keeping a body in “lifelike condition” for that long is very expensive!

In fact, the Russian government recently revealed that it is spending about 13 million rubles ($200,000) this year just to keep Vladimir Lenin’s body preserved. And people are questioning whether it makes sense. In fact, a recent poll showed that over 62% of Russians favor giving Lenin a “proper, final burial.”

Sometimes we cling to things far too long. In the Bible, we are told of a bronze snake that was crafted in the days of Moses as a way to save those who were dying (Numbers 21). It was raised up, and those who looked at it were saved, while those who refused perished. It served a purpose.

But hundreds of years later, the people had clung to this artifact for too long. When we cling to things of this world for too long, we often idolize them. This is what happened to Israel. They named the serpent, Nehushtan, and they worshiped it (2 Kings 18:4). It took a brave leader, Hezekiah, to destroy this idol and turn people back to God.

We all have Lenins and Nehushtans in our spiritual lives – idols that need to have a “proper, final burial.” What about you, friend? Is there anything you have clung to for too long? Are there idols in your life? If you say, “I could never let go of __________,” perhaps some “spring cleaning” is in order.

Remember: things of this world are not made to last. Spend time focusing on God’s ways and His Kingdom. Preserve what truly matters…and bury the idols.

Digging Up Buried Treasure

Ever find anything valuable on your property? We have all heard the stories. I suppose one of the most famous is Jed Clampett who was “shootin’ at some food, when up from the ground came a bubblin’ crude…oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.” It is a nice idea, but if you are like me, you’ve probably never found black gold (or any kind of gold) on your property.

Last year, one California couple found quite a treasure while walking their property. Apparently, they saw something sticking out of the ground and proceeded to dig up several rusty cans. Eight of those cans were, “filled with more than 1,400 rare and perfectly preserved U.S. gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894.” The L.A. Times reported last week that the coins were appraised at greater than $10 million!

This family lives in an area that was popular in the 1850’s during a period known as the “gold rush.” Gold fever led thousands away from home and family to chase “buried treasure” out west. The iconic cry became, “thar’s gold in them thar hills!” The sad reality is that few ever found gold and many died trying.

It is hard to imagine, but experts believe that someone who didn’t trust banks buried the coins over several years! You might think, “I would never bury and abandon something so valuable,” but did you know that people do worse every day? What about faith? People place their faith in a treasure chest, mark a map with “x,” and promise to return later. They neglect prayer, bible reading, and faith in God, thinking that this valuable treasure can be “dug up” later. Sadly, many never return.

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked the question, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Faith is the “buried treasure” that God wants to see in our lives. Have you buried or abandoned your faith? If your faith is buried, don’t wait; dig it up today. Renew your relationship with the true treasure of this life – eternity in heaven with God…salvation through Christ.