“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.”
Contrary to popular opinion, the purpose of God’s kingdom is not to improve your earthly treasure, but to give you a greater treasure.
In fact, when you believe the gospel you’d gladly give up ‘good things’ that stand in its way.
Why would someone who wants to be rich take up more financial responsibility? Why would someone eager to preserve his life risk it by preaching the gospel?
It is because anyone who truly believes the gospel must see it for what it truly is: a treasure that is immeasurable.
See what the writer of Hebrews had to say in Hebrews 10:33-35:
“Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”
Here, we can see that Christianity was no walk in the park for the early church.
Every person seemed to fall into one of two categories: either they were afflicted for their faith, or someone close to them was.
Yet they took it joyfully because they had a better and more enduring substance in heaven.
A Christian isn’t one who is seeking God because he wants ‘stuff,’ he is one who would gladly give up his stuff and his life if need be for the sake of the gospel.
SAY THIS: Lord Jesus, in you I have found an immeasurable treasure. I regard everything as less important than knowing you and making you known.