Monday, January 18, 2010

The greatest treasure

Matt 13:44-48: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.”

Followers of Christ have been known to share their faith without apology. We have been know to pray in public, hand out Bibles, be concerned about issues that we read about in the Bible, and we have been unapologetic about talking about Jesus and what He has done in our lives.. This scripture tells us why. The kingdom experience that comes with giving our hearts to Jesus does not just mean salvation. Of course, the salvation experience is one of the richest and most awesome aspects of being a Christ-follower. However, when you think of the word kingdom and being a part of that, your eyes are opened to the glorious promise that Jesus extends to all who accept. A kingdom is a vast expanse of territory with a ruler, and His reign has privileges and benefits to all those who align with Him.

Jesus was explaining the kingdom of God and He describes that kingdom as precious; so precious in fact, that man and women would surrender all they had to acquire it. The kingdom of heaven should be something we should pursue with every fiber of our being. In addition, when we have grasped it, tasted it, and seen how good the Lord is, we should share that goodness with every one. That is why it is exciting to find this great treasure and to let everyone know with joyous enthusiasm what we have discovered. If you found a great treasure, wouldn’t you want to tell everyone you know, “look at what I found! Come and share with me”

The kingdom of God is not a treasure that we are to receive and to hoard all for ourselves. This excitement is to be shared and given away. If we cannot get passionate about this then what can we get passionate about?

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Gen 44-45 New Testament Matt 14:1-21

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