Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Light - September 27, 2011

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"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."
Matthew 13:44

What do you have that is valuable? Perhaps there is a family heirloom that has been passed down over time that holds some value. Maybe you saved your money to buy something that you always have wanted. Whatever it may be, those things that we consider valuable are also thought of as precious. It holds a value that others may not immediately recognize or understand.
Jesus' simple parable about the kingdom of heaven in this passage is incredibly profound. A man finds a treasure so valuable to him that he is willing to sell every thing that he has in order to attain it. All that he owns cannot compare to this treasure that he has found. Obviously others know that the fields exists, but they do not understand the value contained in it. They see it as just any other field, but he knows something that they do not.
One can think of God's kingdom that eternally exists through this passage. We are told in other places that the kingdom of God is within us. Those who are in relationship with Jesus Christ are not waiting for a future kingdom, but they are in reality living in that kingdom at this very moment. The impact of what they do in the kingdom life here on earth will have an impact on their kingdom life for all of eternity.
Jesus is continually calling on us to give all that we have for His sake so that we mighty truly enjoy all that He has prepared for us. Stubbornly we hold on to the things of this world as if they had a value beyond what Christ has offered. Many are paupers clinging tightly to their rags of the flesh while the King is offering to robe them in His righteousness. Jesus told the one that we call the rich young ruler to give every thing that he had to the poor then come follow Him. Unfortunately, the young man saw what he had for himself as more valuable than what Christ could do for him.
There is nothing in this life that will bring you full joy! No amount of money, ease, wealth, fame, or possessions will begin to compare with the joy unspeakable and continual peace that you receive from God. You have a treasure in Christ. Let nothing keep you from experiencing the pleasure of God.
May you see what is really valuable in your life today!

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