You Are A Valuable Treasure

They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. — Malachi 3:17

So the "they" of this text are those who have revered and feared God. It is a group of people who have heard, discerned, and acted in obedience to God. So they are the ones whose names and actions are written in the Book of Remembrance. And here God calls them by a unique designation — his "treasured possession." This is terminology is used a few times in the Old Testament to describe how God values the people of God. One notable occurrence is at Mt. Sinai, where God stated:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples. — Exodus 19:5

So the people here knew this designation.

Now, if we skip ahead into the New Testament, we have a similar illusion to this designation. It's found in Luke 15. Jesus tells three parables. The parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son. The driving point of these stories was to describe God's relentless search for his treasured possessions — you and me. Three times and in three ways, Jesus communicates the extent to which God will go to search for the thing he treasures. But it's the final parable that captures the point of the text in Malachi because it describes the extent to which a father will go to "spare a son who serves him."

And yet there is this irony in Luke 15 because the parable of the Lost Son is about a son who was spared. Yet the story was told by a Son the Father did not spare. Yet because this Son, Jesus, was not spared, we were spared, which doubles down on the extent to which God values us as his treasured possession.

So know that there will always be days you will not see the treasure you are. There will also be days you will wonder if God treasures you. But we shouldn't question this. God sees great treasure in his people. He has gone to great extents to demonstrate this. In fact, he already did. He treasures you so much that he bought your redemption with the thing the Heavenly Father treasures most — his own Son. So that means you are pretty valuable to him, but he wants us to believe this and obey him.

ASK THIS: God treasures you. But do you realize and receive the treasure you are to him?

DO THIS: Accept the truth. You are his treasured possession.

PRAY THIS: God, I will be obedient because I know you love me, and for no other reason.

PLAY THIS: How He Loves.

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Wow! Thank you! I always needed to write on my site something like that. Can I include a portion of your post to my website?

Eddie Acklen

Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was looking for! “One man’s folly is another man’s wife.” by Helen Rowland.


the value of something is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. we are ALL worth JESUS to God.


Love the pity words HolySpirit gives you Vince
I am a treasured possession, a son.
I will continue practicing to LOVE HIS COMMANDS, especially when I know my heart is attached to meaninglessness. Proverbs 3:1


I’m praying for you Dennis. My name is Cliff and I am on oxycodone for the pain in my back my shoulders and my hip. But the good Lord seems to take care of it, He has us cover Dennis. May our Lord and Savior be with you today and take away the pain.


Praying for you Dennis…may you feel the healing presence of our Savior.


It’s 3 a.m. here. I’m. Hisup in pain, worse than usual. I’m on lots of pain meds, and took extra.
I know God’s love, I know the scriptures, I have His Spirit, I know Jesus bore the cross for us. I know many worldwide have it so much worse.
Today I couldn’t do a simple tub calk repair. My wife is a trouper, and does so much.
It really sucks. Thanks for hearing me out. A prayer would be great

Lou G.

Praying for you today Dennis. May the good Lord give you relief from this pain and allow you to work the way you want to.

Cory D

Praying for you brother! May the Lord help you bear this pain and give you relief.


Praying now.

Tim S.

Praying for you Dennis that the Lord will give relief from the pain and give you His peace in is time


My prayer is offered

David Josker

I will be praying for your pain relief and healing, Dennis.

Daniel Rushton

I’m praying for you Dennis. I’m the same way, I have arthritis in both knees and shoulders, and on top of that I have bursitis in both shoulder. My wife is always doing a majority of the work around here. However we do what we can, we are loved even though it doesn’t feel like it with all the pain. Keep your chin up, its hard most days, but you can do it. I pray for you, and your wife. May GODs Blessing be on you and your family.

Dennis Burk

Thanks for your understanding and prayer. Most days I tolerate the pain.


Dennis, a son. You are my brother. I’ve heard your pain thru your words. Your wife is like mine. I was depressed 11 years, unable to work. It was hard. For her. The kids. I found it unbearable often. Sometimes constantly. God cares deeply my friend. I do too in this moment when I write and ask God to care about your pain. He cares. You are too important for him to ignore you. May Jesus rest his gentle hand upon your shoulder. You are his perfect brother in his heart. Loved dearly. Amen

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