Power Verses: Matthew 13:44-46
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.
The kingdom of Heaven is something that Jesus talked a lot about. The kingdom of Heaven is the kingdom that we join when we become Jesus followers. In Colossians 1:13-14 Paul puts it this way: “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
This kingdom is an invisible one right now. One day there will be a real kingdom here on earth that is led by Jesus (see Ezekiel 43:7; Revelation 20:2-4). According to Old Testament prophets, Jesus will sit on the throne in Jerusalem. This will last for 1000 years and we will be there, in the “kingdom of God.”
And we find out in today’s verse that being a part of the kingdom of God, or of Heaven, is a treasure to be prized above all else. This includes Jesus, our salvation, and the hope of eternal life in Heaven. It is like a pearl of great price that is worth exchanging everything else in life for.
Jesus said “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me,” in Matthew 10:37. In Luke 18 the rich young ruler went away from Jesus sad because he prized money more than coming to Jesus. Jesus calls us to love Him more than anything else and to repent of anything that we value or prize more than Him. Jesus is of infinite worth and we ought to embrace Him that way. Jesus is a treasure and when we turn to Him over everything else, He becomes our treasure.
In the end, it is God who changes our hearts and opens our eyes to see the great riches of God as something worth giving our lives for. The guy who found the treasure in the field sold everything to buy the field to gain the treasure because he saw its value where others did not see it. May you find the immense riches of the kingdom of Heaven today and give up all else to possess them.