As a blogger, I do engage in forms of marketing. No, not for profit, but because I desire to bless others with the treasure that I have been blessed with. It’s for love’s sake. With that said, I want to say that the most precious things in life could never be marketed or understood if shared. The most glorious treasure that the Lord desires to share with you will never be found in a book, blog, sermon, podcast, etc… As a lover of a good book, blog, podcast, etc… I will be the first to say that those things have their place in our lives. I’m simply saying that there is no substitute for one thing…
I’m convinced that the highest form of experience that exists is relational experience. Our Lord is highly relational, and we are made in His image & likeness. In the world’s systems, including the religious system, the emphasis is put on many other types of experience, but in our Lord’s kingdom, true experience is relational experience. The deepest and most intimate forms of communication occur in the depths of relating one to another.
Have you ever taken a walk, or gotten away simply to commune with the Lord? Some of my greatest treasures have come from those times. Things He has revealed to my heart in the things around me, impressions He has laid on my heart, and signs He has expressed to me in a way that no one else would understand. We have our own form of communication. Although I have written about some of those things, much of those times we have had together could never be talked about in written form. No words exist to communicate what we have shared.
Please understand that I’m not talking about simply relating to our Lord within our spirit, I’m also talking about relating to our Lord with one another. The more we begin to commune with Christ in us and in one another, the more we are able to delight in and experience Christ in the richest of ways. As we delight in one another through the relationships the Lord has given us, I have discovered that our adoration and awe for the Lord takes on an entirely new dimension. The treasures of the kingdom that are given to us in those relationships are too precious to be read in a book or spoken through the use of human language. This kind of knowing can only be experienced. Thankfully, this makes the marketing of such treasure impossible. I could never communicate the glory and joy of such experiences with you. You’ll have to experience them for yourselves.
Rare Snow Leopards
As many of you may know, I love watching movies. If you’ve ever read the gospels, you’ll know that our Lord loved to communicate the reality of the kingdom through the use of stories (parables). Human beings are story tellers by nature, and that’s why we love to make and watch movies. I recently saw a film that I would highly recommend to our readers. The film is called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller, Kristin Wiig, & Sean Penn. Without getting into a complete review of the film, I’d like to describe one scene that I believe beautifully captures the concept of something so precious it cannot be marketed.
In the film, Sean Penn’s character is a world renown photographer known for capturing some of the world’s greatest images. He was always on the move, often times in the most dangerous of places, in search of photos that would reveal treasure and tell the world’s most important stories. Simply put, he was a hard man to track down. Ben Stiller’s character (film editor) desperately needed to find him, and after considerable adventure, tracked him down.
Sean Penn’s character (famous photographer) was on a mountain looking to capture a picture of a rare snow leopard. This type of snow leopard was so rare and elusive, no photos had yet been taken of it. When Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) found him, he was crouched down behind his camera that has been carefully set up to capture this rare snow leopard when he made his appearance.
As they carefully awaited the appearance of this rare snow leopard, it suddenly walked out in plan sight. What they were witnessing was historic. Sean Penn had the beautiful animal in clear sight and focus of his camera. The only problem was awe. He was in awe. The sight was simply too precious to capture on film. He couldn’t snap the picture and market it out to the world in plain sight. It was too precious. He refused to take the picture. Although I have experienced something similar before, this was the first time I saw this expressed in a movie. It was a powerful moment in the film. This is also one reason why I believe Jesus spoke in parables.
Please understand that I’m not writing these things to discourage you from reading books, blogs, or podcasts (obviously), but to wet your appetite for experience.
I want you to know that there is tremendous treasure waiting for you specifically. Prepared before the foundations of the world. This kind of relational treasure cannot be given to you in a book or blog alone, rather it must be experienced by you personally through relationship. When you experience the treasure, you will find much of it too wonderful to be shared with the masses. Like Sean Penn’s character in the film, you will treasure it in your heart forever.