What Happens When a Man is Captured by the Kingdom?

Weekend Musings

Jesus can’t be added to your worldview. He wants to radically overturn everything you ever thought about everything. That’s why we call him Lord.

This morning I shared with a group of men at a Men’s Breakfast in Dyer Indiana two of Jesus’ shortest and most pungent parables–the blue collar parable and its white collar companion. Both parables are from the 13th chapter of Matthew.

Rembrandt’s Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Matthew 13:44-46 (NASB95)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 

Jesus goes after all of us. Whether we are men who work with our hands in the blue collar side of life, or carve out our existence on the white collar side of life, Jesus tells us that when we find the kingdom everything else in life pales in significance.

The parables of the treasure and the pearl are about the incomparable value of the Kingdom of God. The effect on the finder of the Kingdom is that he becomes mesmerized by its value and “for joy” over that find, sells everything he can to gain it, releases every comfort he has known to have it.

Domenico Feti’s Pearl of Great Price
The parable isn’t about buying the kingdom; it’s about the the value of the kingdom.

When the kingdom is seen for what it is, its value controls the man. Everything changes for him. All the things he used to trust in, lean on, and value, all the things he has accumulated, been given or earned are in Paul’s terms, “considered but rubbish” (Phil. 3:8) in comparison.

The man who finds the kingdom has his whole life overturned by his find. He stops living for his comfort and convenience and security and lives to proclaim the greatness of the King and His Kingdom.

He lives to tell everyone he can about the incomparable value of the Kingdom. He lives to help as many other people as possible to find the kingdom and become mesmerized by its value.

Have you discovered that Jesus, relationship with the God of the Universe is worth everything you have ever hoped for, and everything you have and everything you might have? The God of the Universe invites you into his kingdom, into his mission, into the adventure of your life.

Our lives are wasted if we don’t embrace the glory of the gospel. Jesus put it this way: “What does it profit a man or woman, if they gain the whole world and lose their soul” (Luke 9:25)?

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