Treasure and Pearl
“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.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matt. 13:44-46.
These two short parables teach us something about the kingdom of heaven: its great worth! This treasure, the kingdom of heaven, the place where God’s people have citizenship, the place where God’s people dwell, the body of Christ, the church that belongs to Christ, the embodiment of the message of salvation. There is nothing of more importance in this world than learning about how to get to the next one and be with God forever. What a treasure that is!
The great value of this kingdom, the message about how to get into it, the gospel, is described for us as a treasure. I am not sure what that treasure was that the man discovered, the description as “treasure” seems adequate to bring to mind great wealth and abundance. The man’s reaction was to do whatever it took to get it. In giving everything to purchase the field, he demonstrated his great desire to attain it.
The same is true when we consider the pearl of great price. The merchant was obviously in the business of seeking valuable pearls and upon finding one of infinite value, a treasure in itself, he did what was necessary to obtain. It cost him all that he had.
Yes indeed, it is that important! The consequences of our desire for and our commitment to this treasure, the Gospel, are eternal!
God bless and have a great day!!
Steve Weeks, minister firstname.lastname@example.org
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