Imagine opening your mailbox tomorrow and finding, tucked within the pile of junk mail and bills, a document with “Open Me” stamped in bold letters on its front.
The mysterious paper is weathered and includes no information about its sender. You dare to carefully unfold the paper. You’re shocked to discover a treasure map staring back at you, with “X” marking the spot.
You might think it’s a practical joke, a cheap scam, and quickly dismiss it. It seems like pure fantasy.
But what if it was real? What if you held in your hands the promise of real riches that belonged to you, if only you were willing to do the searching and digging?
THE PURITANS AS MAP-MAKERS
The Puritan Thomas Goodwin once remarked that “In Christ are treasures that will require digging to the end of the world.” The riches of Christ pose a paradox to us: they are “unsearchable riches” (Eph. 3:8), and yet those who seek them with diligence will find them (Prov. 8:17).
In other words, the digging never ends, but in the digging, we experience the treasure of Christ himself.
It’s not always easy to mine the riches of Christ. But hunting such treasures proves much easier when we have the right tools and guides to help us find what we’re looking for. Every treasure needs a map. And the Puritans have proved to be expert cartographers in this regard, pointing the way for us to find the glorious treasures awaiting us in Christ.