“This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Have you ever heard of fool’s gold? It’s a shiny yellow mineral that looks a lot like gold—but is not. If you were a miner and you brought fool’s gold to the market expecting to make a fortune, you would end up a fool who couldn’t tell what has real value from what is worthless.
Of course, “fools” can be happy—at least for a while. Someone collecting fool’s gold could spend days or even years collecting the stuff and think he was greatly successful. Reality would hit only when he went to market and learned that his work was for nothing, that the glitter had deceived him to pursue worthless trash.
It’s not just miners who are looking for something of value. Part of every life consists of a pursuit of what really counts, what really matters. If you want to pursue what is of ultimate value, you need to be clear about what you are looking for. God says it means looking for the one who is true Wisdom, the Word made flesh. Our search for the one who is Wisdom takes us to the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and to the community that is the body of Christ.
Tomorrow is Sunday, when churches of Christ everywhere will worship the Lord. Where will you be looking for the real thing? God promises that those who seek with all their heart will surely find.
We know, Lord, that we can keep busy “mining” for many things in life. Forgive our tendency to substitute lesser things for you. Help us to find wisdom. Amen.
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