Scripture: Matt. 13: 44 “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.
Observation: When we truly discover the kingdom of heaven, it is worth more than anything else in the world.
Application: Jesus used a lot of parables to describe what the Kingdom of Heaven is like, but I like what He says here in this little one verse parable. Once we really discover the Kingdom of Heaven, we realize that it is more important than anything else in the world. Just imagine if you were looking at a field that was for sale, and you discovered that there was oil, or gold, or buried treasure hidden there that would be worth more than you could ever have dreamed of gaining on your own. You would do anything to obtain the field. Your material possessions wouldn’t be important to you, you would sell them off to get enough money to buy the field. Why? Because you know that once you buy the field you’ll have more than you’ll ever need.
Jesus never promised that living the life of a disciple of His would be easy. In fact several times he warns that people will turn on us, people will revile us, perhaps even family and friends will be against us. Life as a Christian although abundant, and often blessed, is also difficult and full of trials and tribulations. But when we consider that our reward is eternity with God and the Kingdom of Heaven, we can see that the blessings of God far outweigh the cost of whatever difficulties we may face during our short lives in this physical realm.
You may be wondering how I can say life is both abundant and blessed, but also difficult and full of troubles. I can say that because as a Christian I know that I have the Kingdom of Heaven within me now. I don’t have to wait until some glad morning when this life is over, or until I reach the beautiful shore. As I said, Jesus used a lot of parables to describe what the Kingdom of Heaven IS like, not what it WILL BE like. Do you get it? It’s not all about some future hope, it’s about this life as well. The Kingdom of Heaven IS truly AT HAND my friends. We don’t have to wait. You can be blessed by it right now today if you have God’s Spirit in your heart. That’s why Christians should be the happiest people on the planet. We should be able to accept that peace that Christ left for His disciples. Not the worldly kind of peace, but HIS peace, the Peace of the Father, The Peace of The Spirit of God.
Our true home is The Kingdom, and our true position is to be along side our King. So whatever cost you think you may be paying, whatever sacrifice you have made for God, whatever you’ve given up in order to live your life for Him. Know that it is worth all you have and more, and it’s going to be the best deal you’ve ever made.
Prayer: Father help me each day to see the value of the relationship I have with you. Help me to understand that it is worth more than anything this world could ever contain. Help me to cultivate the love and truth of your Spirit and Word into my heart daily, and let me reveal to others what they have not seen on their own.
Yield: I give up the thoughts of holding anything back from my service to God.