Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Day 16 - I've got a field for sale...

Lord Jesus Christ, speak to me.

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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46

I could be totally wrong here. I’ve just been thinking about the verse above the last couple of days. The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure. Not just any treasure. The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure no one has ever seen or heard of. It is a treasure beyond our wildest imagination. It’s a treasure so valuable, you could never afford it. But there it is. You’ve found this treasure. No one else knows where it is or how to find it. But, you’ve got to find a way to make it yours. You don’t possess it. But you know you’ve got to have it. What do you do? How can you obtain it? It’s nothing you could ever afford. But you would do anything for it. But would you? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to possess this treasure? Will you sell all you have? Will you sacrifice anything to obtain it? What will people think? What will they say when they see you abandoning everything else that once seemed so important? Is the treasure really worth that kind of sacrifice?

Yet how many of us have “sold all he had” to obtain treasure that wasn’t worth it? How many of us have sold our souls for treasure that hasn’t lasted? We’ve sold out to the idea that a relationship will satisfy our souls. We’ve sold out to the idea that wealth will satisfy our souls. We’ve sold out to the idea that some measure of hedonism will satisfy our souls. We’ve put all our eggs in one of these baskets. We’ve sold out. But, we won’t sell out for the one treasure of treasures that will truly satisfy.

Am I making any sense? The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure. It’s a renewed relationship with God. It’s a fresh start. It’s a new life. It’s a life worth living. It’s a life worth selling everything we have to possess.

Have you sold all you have to go and buy that field? Are you still willing to sacrifice any and everything to possess that field? I hope you will. It is absolutely worth it.


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