Verse of the Day Devotion: Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
This verse addresses the idea of the importance this Christian walk has in our lives. It speaks of a hidden treasure in a field. A man discovers this treasure while walking. This treasure is no doubt far more than just a bag or pot of coins. The idea is of a gold or silver mine which was found under the field, wherewith the only way to access it is to buy the field. He considered this treasure so great and valuable and was filled with such joy, he left it as it was and goes back and sells everything he has and purchases it.
This parable of Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God; but more specifically, salvation provided by the death of Christ. This treasure is seen through the gospel presented, either directly by someone bringing the word to us, or via some other medium. We all, in one way or another, have heard the gospel. And this gospel is of inestimable worth, having a value beyond anything we could ever imagine. But the question is do we see the value of this treasure?
The basic idea is, are we willing to give up everything for the cause of Christ? This can be a difficult question. In our past lives, we all had many things that were important or of great value to us. The question is, stated more specifically, are any of these things more valuable to us than our service and devotion to God? Jesus in this parable states that we should be willing to sell everything, or put another way, to give up everything for Christ. This has nothing to do with our means of salvation, since this is completely the result of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Works has no part in our salvation however, it is the proof of our salvation. “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18.
There is a phrase I use to denote this idea in my life of selling all I have to attain the treasure. “If we are not all in, then we are not In at all.” We must be willing to put God first in every area of our life. We must be willing to give up those things, ideas or activities that are not honoring to Him. Also, we must make all things secondary that gets in the way of our service to God. Now, I am not saying we cannot relax, enjoy a good book / movie or spend time with friends and family. Jesus himself would relax in the company of His disciples and others. He does not prevent us from enjoying these times. However, these things must not be ungodly nor take precedence over our calling from God.
Now, I want to close this with a message of encouragement. God wants us to enjoy life. His desire is that we will draw closer to Him each and every moment. And if we put Him first, this will be the life we will lead. He is the one who helps us be content in our service to Him and our lives in this world. “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6-8. Godliness and obedience to His will brings contentment which is the source of God’s peace. God wants us to enjoy our lives here, and contentment is the means by which it happens. Give your all to God and hold back nothing. You will be amazed at how rich and beautiful your life will become.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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