A box full of treasure arrived today. The delivery man had no idea the heavy box he lugged up the steps was full of olden gold, pearls of great price, and rare diamonds. But the treasure inside was not the stuff of rare metals or brilliantly compressed minerals. Inside the box lay centuries old wisdom, the priceless treasure of theological reflection and pastoral insight that is all but lost today - lost treasure - and maps to more for the adventurous wisdom seeker.
Jesus compared the gospel to a treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44). Sometimes it feels like the field is now buried under the concrete jungle of our modern times. But there are still wizened guides who know the way. They have already sunk shafts deep into the quartz of theological truth and they offer to share their gospel gems if you are willing to dig a little.
John Owen is one such guide. Read him and you will have to dig. You might even scuff your knuckles and perspire a bit. But follow his prospector lamp a little further down the mine shaft and you will hit the mother lode.
Here's my treasure maps. Can't wait to start diggin'!
*If you are interested, you can find the works of Owen here.