Discovery of gold brought fame to this part of Colorado in the 1890's. Millions of dollars of the precious commodity were produced and gold is still mined in the area. Winfield Scott Stratton, an itinerant carpenter with a passion for prospecting, was one whose persistence in searching for this treasure was rewarded. Stratton and others had to see the potential hidden in veins of quartz and gravel in the mountainous land.
The quest of these individuals is a picture of God's search for man. The prospectors of the 19th century had to place such value on the treasure to invest labour, time and money with no assurance of success. Some left their families, homes, lands and work seeking riches.
We have no understanding of what the Lord Jesus left to come to this earth. In John 17:5 He speaks of the glory He shared with His Father before the world was created. In Matthew 13:44 He gives the illustration of a man who found a treasure hidden in a field and sold everything He had to buy the field.
How could He see such worth in us that He would leave Heaven, labour as a carpenter, then serve as an itinerant preacher so we can know the love of His Father for mankind? Since he gave us free will, Jesus has no guarantee that we will accept what He came to bring.
In Matthew 13:46 He describes a pearl merchant who discovered an exceptional one and used all he had to purchase it. That must have been some pearl! Like the treasure hunter and the pearl merchant, Jesus has an eye for value. When we consider what He paid for us, we have to be worth more than we can imagine!
Father God gave His only Son. I cannot conceive of giving the life of a child, especially for ones who don't even care. And the Lord Jesus died willingly. Both paid the ultimate price. Jesus sees what others, including ourselves, cannot see. He sees great worth and beauty.
In Malachi 3:17 God speaks of the day when He will make up His jewels. As a child I loved the chorus - "Like the stars of the morning, His bright crown adorning, they will shine in their beauty, bright gems for His crown." To our God, each and every one of us is a gem of inestimable worth.