What do you do with a little girl with a handful of acorns and a heart full of dreams? As I was sitting on the green lawn under a late summer sky, my daughter was busy. She was so proud to collect her handful of acorns. She proudly presented them to me and placed them in my hand. It was her treasure. We’ve all probably had our acorn dreams at some point in our life. Those little treasures that mean the world to us, but little to someone else. Then we grow up and our hands become full with other dreams and the busyness of life. Those acorn dreams fall from our hands, to make room for new bigger dreams, greater treasures and the daily demands on us as adults. When I reflect back on my little girl’s sparkle in her big blue eyes as they squinted in the bright summer sun as she surrendered her most prized possession to me, I’m reminded of the importance of not letting our treasures have us. The greatest pleasure I had that day is not in receiving the acorns, but watching my daughter give her treasure away with a joyful heart. She was so pleased to give her treasure, all she had to her daddy. Likewise I can only imagine how much our Heavenly Father must be pleased when we give Him all we have from a heart of love and gratitude as we glorify Him.
One of the great things about a treasure is giving it away. On that late summer day, my little girl generously shared her treasure with me. As she opened her hand and placed her most precious possession into mine. She released her abundance as she willing shared it with me. Theologian Matthew Henry once said, “Whatever we have of this world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ.” The only treasure that should have our hearts is the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Every other earthly treasure pales in comparison to the gift of Grace given to us by the Savior when His Holy Spirit imparts new life to our dead souls, making us alive in Christ Jesus and giving us the faith to believe. We should hold every other earthly treasure with an open hand and be willing to give it all away. I think of the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus and left with his hands full, but his heart empty. He wasn’t willing to give away all he had and follow Jesus. The Bible tells us in Matthew 19:22 that, “he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” What a sad state to be in. Full of yourself and empty of Jesus. He traded the worthlessness of this world in place of the Kingdom of God. People throughout history have filled themselves, like this young ruler, full of their possessions, but they remain empty without Jesus. He is the only one who can satisfy the emptiness of a lonely and longing soul for their Savior. We must be willing to open our hand and give Jesus our heart.
God wants men and women who will walk with Him with an open hand. Men and women who are willing to freely give away all they have, their “handful acorns,” and give their heart to Christ. Let Jesus take your heart, and He will give you a new heart. Give him your stony heart and let Jesus give you a heart of flesh. A heart that beats for the Savior. And then you can live with a renewed spirit and an open hand. The greatest treasure a Christ follower can give away is not in their hands, but in their heart. It is the good news of Jesus Christ the power of His cross and truth of His resurrection. Will you release your, “handful of acorns,” those little treasures that grab your heart and ask Christ to give you a new heart today? Will you replace those acorns you give away with a real treasure, a treasure where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in to steal, as the Scriptures tell us. If you will, you will have a joy even greater than my daughter’s as she shared in her innocence her treasure with me. My hope and my prayer is that one day my daughter will trade those acorns for the real treasure. An empty hand and a heart full of Jesus Christ, receiving Him as her Lord and Savior. Will you do the same? You won’t regret it. Drop your acorns and give the Savior your heart today. As the Bible tells us,”Today is the day of salvation.” Give Jesus your heart today.
“A Wretch Like Me” ~ David D. Hanson