“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field”
(Matt 13: 44).
If you saw someone selling all that they had, wouldn’t you pity them? You would wonder what could be so pressing that would make them do such a thing. What would you say if you see such a person doing so joyfully? That is the temperament of the man in this text.
He is not going about depressed; worrying that following Christ could cost him everything. He isn’t boasting about how hard he worked to find that treasure. He isn’t bargaining with God to give him back everything he has sold and more within three days. Why? He knows he has already found something that by far outweighs any of the world’s possessions that is why he can give it all up.
If you don’t treasure the kingdom of God that way, something is wrong. C.S Lewis said: “The paradox of Christianity is that when you find God, you begin to seek him even more.”
There is a lot to unravel about God. And knowing him is something we must pursue excitedly. Why? Because just like the person in the text, we have found a treasure; Christ himself is our inheritance. His spirit lives on our inside and we will spend eternity with him.
Lord Jesus, I have found in you a treasure worth more than all the riches of the world put together. Thank you for this treasure.