Jesus tells two very short stories (parables) that show how valuable God's kingdom is. Here are his words from Matthew 13:44-46: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The direct meaning of these stories is that God's kingdom is of great value. Such a great value that when found, a person would give up everything they have in order to pursue it. It's a story about us. You and I are like the man in the field or the merchant. The treasure and the pearl are Jesus, the linchpin of God's kingdom.
Have you given up everything in order to live for Jesus? Let me ask it this way... Have you surrendered in you heart everything you have and are you willing to give it all up if that's what Jesus asked of you? Is your love for him and your desire for God's kingdom that great? Do you value it that much?
At this point you are wondering... I thought you were going to tell me how valuable I am! I will. But first you need to understand how valuable God's kingdom is. Now I can talk about you...
Consider the two stories another way. What if you are the treasure? God, the man in the field, saw you, the treasure. He saw your remarkable valuable and gave up everything to win you. In fact he gave himself! His own life in the form of Jesus, his son. God, the merchant, saw you, the finest pearl that ever was. He saw how your tremendous worth and gave up the throne of heaven for a dirty manger in a stable. For you.
It is a different perspective on two well known stories.
You are worth much. Far more than some gold in a field. Someone really does want you. Far beyond a fine pearl in a market. You have immense value. And a high price was paid for you... Jesus. That is reason to worship.
worship Him 24/7...