1 Peter 1:7-9(NIV)
7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Gold is a precious material that is valuable for man. I have travelled to Thailand and have seen some statues. The big attraction was the Golden Buddha, which weighs 5500 kilograms. It was crafted around the 13th to 14th century. At some point, the statue was completely plastered over with a thick layer of stucco to prevent it from being stolen. Gold is valuable and it still is very valuable today. It used to be linked to currency and it is still highly valued in some cultures, where gold is given as a gift as a dowry for a marriage arrangement.
In the days of Solomon, God even made gold so plentiful, that it was difficult to keep count of it. These days, it is much more difficult for miners to extract gold. It takes a lot of heavy equipment, sometimes toxic chemicals and lots of land and labour to extract the gold. Gold is worth over $1100 USD per ounce, making this Buddha Statue very valuable. God says that our faith is of greater worth than gold, which eventually perishes. Our faith cannot perish. Our faith should be cherished and kept secured. Our treasure is not on earth, but in heaven, where we will receive the salvation of our souls.