“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
Can you imagine wanting something so bad you’d sell everything you had to get it? Most of us wouldn’t mind getting a new car, a bigger house or taking a long vacation to a private island – but at the cost of everything else you own? Probably not. Yet Jesus tells the story of a man who did exactly that – and I’ll give you a hint – it wasn’t for a new Ferrari. What was worth selling it all? Jesus describes it as the “Kingdom of Heaven” or in some versions the “Kingdom of God.”
When Jesus uses the phrase, “Kingdom of God” He’s not so much talking about a physical place or a future era. What He’s actually describing is reality as it was intended to exist. The life you were created to live. And when you catch a glimpse of that…you’re immediately willing to sell everything to get it. It’s all you can think about and you want to tell everyone else about it too.
If we think Jesus is asking us to sell all of your material possessions so we gain the Kingdom, we’ve missed the point. We don’t have anything of value to offer God and it’s not about trading or bartering to get the prize. This is a call to desire His Kingdom above anything else. The price we’re willing to pay is a direct result of the value we place on the item we’re considering. That’s what Jesus is saying about His Kingdom. Most people have no idea how truly priceless it is. This isn’t just an empty field of dirt – this is His Kingdom come to earth – and it’s worth it!
Prayer: God, Your Kingdom is worth our everything. Help us to place it above any other desire or possession we may have and tell others about its priceless value. Amen.