Do you remember the movie, “Holes”? Stanley Yelnats was under a curse that was cast on his great- great- grandfather by a gypsy which carried over his family for more than 100 years. Because of the curse, he was accused of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to a juvenile detention camp. The camp taught Stanley and other juveniles discipline through digging large holes as punishment for breaking the law. After endless days of digging, Stanley realized they weren’t just digging to build character. The warden was searching for a treasure that Stanley discovered to be his great- great-grandfather’s, which meant it belonged to him and his family. As the warden fights to claim it, Stanley’s lawyer shows up with proof of his innocence and rescues him from the brutal, laborious camp. When he returns home with the treasure, it’s as if the family curse had been lifted off everyone. (Is it just me or is Shia Labeouf referred to as Even Steven in your mind, too?)
How many of us feel like we’re being punished for something we didn’t do because of a family curse?
Alcohol addiction, drug addiction, cancer, mental and physical challenges, maybe even looks. Those and much more are some “curses” people live with in resentment towards their inheritance. If I could be honest, so do I. I’m not sure where my horrible eye sight came from but I would love to return it for 20-20 vision. Some nights I lay my hands on my eyes (born again into a pentecostal church) and pray to wake with new vision that requires no contacts or glasses. When I wake up seeing -or not seeing- the same, I prayerfully thank God for another opportunity to witness at the eye doctors office. Choose joy, right?
In spite of your inheritance, God calls us to be born again; supernaturally, not naturally. When we come to God as Father -broken, empty and enraged with sinful desires- He puts to death our old selves and places His Holy Spirit in us. Making us alive like His perfect Son, Jesus, accepted as is. We no longer gratify the desires of the flesh because we are walking in the Spirit. But why can’t we grasp that? Why are we still digging for a treasure that He’s given us freely?
An inheritance so great that a man sold all he had to have it:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44
Which hole are you digging in today? The hole of acceptance, college degree, relationships, drugs and alcohol, sex and lust? You seem to never be satisfied with anything. “If only I could get my masters, then I’ll be good enough.” “I’ll be happy once I find the ‘right one’.” “Wine-O-Wednesday… every week!” “Weed is a plant. God created it. So I’m going to get high before and after work everyday.” “Watching porn is normal. It juices up my sex life with multiple people I meet throughout the years.” Beloved, that hole you’re digging is not a treasure, it’s a trap.
God clothes us in righteousness. Just as we are; in our sin and shame. We are made into royalty, heirs with Christ, no longer slaves but free children of God. We have a well to drink from that will quench our thirst -our longings- forever. Do we still have to keep on digging? Yes. But not in an empty, endless hole entangling us as we try to climb out, only falling deeper and deeper. That is what sin does. Promises everything then leaves us with nothing, feeling worse off than before. But God promises life, joy and endless love in Him. Dig deep in God, His Word and prayer. Rivers of living water will flow from within you.
Like Stanley, God had a treasure for you since the beginning of time waiting to be found. Though the enemy cursed you, tried keeping you from the Kingdom of God and even tried stealing it after you found it, your lawyer -Jesus- showed up! Proving your innocence by His blood and claiming the treasure that belonged to you and your family. Now as you live in Him, live free. As you dig in Him, help free others who are digging the wrong hole.
But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added unto you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12: 31-32