Excerpted from the last of my six messages at this weekend’s retreat to the college students of CCUC (Chinese Christian Union Church):
Look at the end of verse 44 and 46.
Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Goes and sells all that he has and purchased the field.
Went and sold all that he had and purchases the pearl.
In both cases, the finder, values the commodity they find more than anything else they possess. They value what they find more than the sum total of all they possess. Nothing keeps them from exchanging all they own to gain what they found.
All that they know
All that they are familiar with
All that they have worked to accumulate
All that they have trusted in
All that they had been given by others
All that they had inherited
All that they have previously desired
All of that stuff is counted as unworthy of possessing any longer when the two finders, find the real treasure, the pearl of great price.
Jesus says that’s what the kingdom of God is like
to those who find the Kingdom.
- Have you found the Kingdom of God?
- Do the exertions of your life reflect that you have found the Kingdom of God to have incomparable value?