On an old episode of MasterChef, famed chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich made an appearance as a guest judge. One of the contestants, while gushing over the celebrity chef, said that if Bastianich and Jesus Christ were standing next to each other, she would dismissively tell Jesus, “See ya, Dude.”
Yet, I’m pretty confident this contestant would identify as “Christian” if asked.
Obviously I don’t know if this woman’s perspective has changed since the show originally aired. I pray it has, because, sadly this statement doesn’t indicate genuine faith in Christ.
How do I know what was in this person’s heart, you ask?
The Bible tells me so.
As the apostle Paul wrote, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8).
The apostle Paul and all who have, by God’s grace, found forgiveness of sin through faith in Christ understand HE is our treasure. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we who were once enemies of God (Romans 5:10) have been made into a new creation with new hearts that give us the ability to enjoy and glorify the Creator now and forever (2 Corinthians 5:16-18).
Jesus Himself said,
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).
Jesus is the most precious gift I’ve ever received. Even though my heart is prone to wander, and I don’t truly love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:36-37), He is my ultimate treasure. Despite all my shortcomings, I yearn for the glorious day I will finally come face-to-face with my Savior. As Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
What is your treasure?
“If you want to be My disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be My disciple.” --Jesus (Luke 14:26)