Is there something you absolutely thought you needed? You know, the times when you’ve made every excuse, every justification to get what you want? Sometimes we’re satisfied when we attain those wants. But more often than not, we learn that it wasn’t as important as we once thought.
I remember experiencing that very thing when I bought a truck I just knew I had to have. As you can imagine, this was a top of the line, fully loaded, full-size truck and boy was it sharp. It didn’t take long, though, to lose its appeal. It failed to satisfy what I thought I needed. On the other hand, there is one thing worth giving everything for…
The kingdom of heaven!
“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).
In these parables, Jesus teaches about a man who finds great treasure and is willing to part with everything to have it. That is what the kingdom of heaven is like. It’s a gift who’s worth is beyond measure. And yet we sometimes find it difficult to make the sacrifices necessary to attain it. The rich young man in Matthew 19:16-22 was unable to do it. For him, the sacrifice was too great. In reality, the kingdom of heaven is worth far more than the costs paid to receive it. We should joyfully abandon everything to obtain it.
Paul is a great example of someone who found this treasure and gave all to keep it. In Acts 9:1-2, we find Paul on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. In fact, Paul believed with all his heart that he was doing right (Acts 26:9-11). But when he met Jesus along the road, he realized the treasure that he had found. Like the parable of the hidden treasure, he gave up everything to keep it. Paul writes in Philippians 3:7-11, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
So why give up all for the kingdom of heaven?
- It’s a refuge from the darkness (Col. 1:13-14)
- It’s a place of righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom. 14:17)
- It’s an unshakeable kingdom (Heb. 12:28)
- It’s a place of eternal glory and fellowship (Rev. 21:1-4)
There is a treasure in Christ just waiting to be found. Do everything you can to lay hold on this treasure. If you do you’ll be eternally grateful.