Saturday, October 08, 2016

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:44, NKJV

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Jesus continues His exhortation in Matthew 13 with two very similar parables which express the value of the kingdom of heaven.

Money! We all understand the value of money, do we not? Our world is consumed with the gathering of riches. Could there be, however, something of more value than money? That was exactly the point that Jesus was making in this parable.

Again, Jesus is telling a story that would be familiar to the common people. Don't we all like to hear stories of buried treasure? The very nature of buried treasure is that it is a surprise. This is not something for which we worked for years and years, but rather it is something we found quite unexpectedly. 

If a person finds buried treasure in a field, what does he do? First, he does not tell anyone. Second, he takes all of the money that he has and goes and buys that field, for now, he is the owner of that treasure. Now that is a great story with a perfect ending!

Jesus is telling the common people that that is what the kingdom of heaven is like. Rather than spend all of our lives seeking things of this earth, we need to spend all of our life seeking the things of eternity. The kingdom of heaven, according to Jesus, is greater than all of the riches found on this earth.

Do we, as believers, believe that? Are we spending our lives in service of the King of Kings, no matter what our particular occupation may be, or are we spending our lives trying to amass a great fortune? Unfortunately, even as believers, it is easy for us to get caught up in the wine of this world. We are often much more concerned about how others view us, keeping up with our neighbors, and planning for a great and plentiful retirement. We are less concerned about growing in our knowledge of the Lord, reading our Bibles, fellowshipping with God in prayer, and telling others about Christ.

Is the kingdom of God like a buried treasure to us? If not, let us find ourselves on our knees seeking the Lord Jesus Christ. These fleeting years will soon be past, and then all of us will stand before God Himself. What will He say to us? Will He say, "Welcome my good and faithful servant," or will He say, "Depart from Me for I never knew you."

It is a sobering thought!

Go, now, and by the grace of God, find that buried treasure!

God Bless You,

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