“Not all treasure is silver and gold mate.” Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates are pretty much all about getting as much stuff as they can. Their very name means to take what doesn’t belong to them. They will use any means necessary to get their treasures. What’s important to them is the gathering of things, getting more possessions, finding their treasure.
Now Jack Sparrow is no different. His whole life is about getting what he wants, when he wants it. One of the things He wants is a ship called the Black Pearl. As a pirate you would need a ship if you are going after treasure. Never mind that the Black Pearl belongs to someone else.
He also wants to be in control. Throughout the entire movie he is constantly manipulating situations for his own benefit.
And He wants respect. People keep addressing him as “Jack Sparrow” and he corrects them. It’s Captain Jack Sparrow he says.
He still wants the treasures that all pirates want, but if you listen to what he says in our quote he also knows there’s more.
What do you treasure most? Is it your spouse, children, family, or is it more like a home, a car, a job, food, health? Maybe it’s more emotional such as feeling content, loved, respected, and trusted.
It is ok to value these things. These things are not bad things to want or have or feel. There’s nothing wrong with valuing the necessities of life. Human emotions are normal. We love our children, spouses and family. We treasure having a roof over our heads, a job, food and health because we know that those things can so easily be taken from us.
As much as these things are important to us, they should never be considered more valuable to us than the one and only true treasure.
Jesus said in Matthew 9:21, “if you wish to be complete go and sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow me.”
He is and should be our one true treasure in our life. Higher in value than anything else. Nothing we can own or have will give us what Jesus does. Having Jesus in your life, living with the knowledge of what He did for us is better than anything we would consider humanly valuable. He is the one thing that can never be taken from us. He will not leave us or stop caring about us. He is there for us always as our Deliverer, Counselor, Protector, Friend, Guide, Supporter, Comforter, Provider, and Father. He is the whole package. Nothing or no one on this earth can give us that kind of security.
We may not be able to see our “treasure in heaven.” We may not truly know what it even means to have “treasures in heaven”, but we can be assured that it is not silver or gold in the way we think of it.
But it will be just as valuable.