The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44 NASB)
Yesterday we looked at You, God’s treasure – and that you are.
Today I want to turn this field story around.
Today we see Jesus, your treasure – and that He is.
This would probably – if push came to shove (and of course there is a strict no pushing or shoving policy here at Another Red Letter Day) – be my favored interpretation.
There are some difficulties, which I will dispense with first.
Most glaring – He is of course the one pursuing us, and finding us – we are found of Him and not the other way around.
Next – He is the one who paid the ultimate price, and declares through His servant Paul His ownership of us repeatedly.
That aside, let’s dive in.
Is not Jesus the greatest of all treasures?
Is not the only way to obtain this greatest of all treasures to forsake all else and give your life exclusively to Him?
Is He not worth every penny?
Yes, Yes and Yes.
Isn’t it strange how Jesus has become a sort of ‘add on’ or ‘accessory’ to life in many people. I am sure they have always been around. My parents used to call them SMO [Sunday Morning Only] Christians.
Gone are the costs of discipleship from our conversation, such as:
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:37 NASB):
And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Mark 10:21NASB)
For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:35-38 NASB)
Salvation is a free gift nevertheless Jesus is not an accessory. He is the greatest of all treasures, and to obtain Him (this free gift) it will cost you everything. (Don’t you just love a good paradox?)
Jesus died to set you free from all the ‘stuff’ you are holding onto. He is not willing to be in a life that is not free. A life abandon to Jesus is the only path to true freedom. [Tweet This]
Abandon yourself to Him today.
He is a great treasure, and worth every ounce of life in you.
See you tomorrow.