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Take It On Faith…And Hear The Applause!

It took a moment for David Colby to figure out what the fuss was about. David is an amateur golfer who was playing at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs. He had just teed off on a par 3 at the 17th when he heard loud cheering and applause from the gallery…a hole-in-one!

To say the least, the look on Colby’s face was amusing. If it had been my shot, they would have been cheering because I made it on the green! Instead, Colby got a hole-in-one and won a car at the same time.

The reason Colby was clueless about his shot was the topography of the hole. He was hitting into an area where he couldn’t see the green. But there was no doubt. Why? The applause of the crowd.

There are a couple of great lessons I like from Colby’s experience:

#1, “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitudes rule those who choose to deny God, but in all other areas of life, people accept far less data than scripture provides. Colby heard applause, his caddy gave him a high-five, and a tournament director told him he won a car. He accepted, as fact, all of this, without having seen it. Why? Reliable testimony.

#2, He knew he had victory because of the applause of the crowd. Many were cheering for him. They were happy to see him succeed. Also, a hole-in-one is a rare feat in golf, and many were glad to have witnessed the shot.

The Bible teaches both lessons:

#1, Faith is the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Seeing isn’t the only way of believing. The evidence, nevertheless, is there.

#2, Hebrews 12:1 teaches that great acts of faith, by the faithful who have gone on before us, continue to cheer us on. They remind us to remain faithful, even unto death.

Listen. Can you hear the cheering? We overcome in Him. A hole-in-one may win you a car, but remaining faithful leads to an eternal crown of righteousness. Our victory is in Jesus!

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.