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Gaining Treasure

How great life would be if we find a valuable treasure. Or, so we thought. How many people spend money in the lottery hoping for the big win? How many people go to hunt for a treasure in hope of finding gold? How many people work to get rich? Wealth can save us from lack of food and the daily basic needs we often worry about. Wealth can solve for us a lot of problems. So, naturally, we think we can have the best life when we have wealth. We value it. We are happy when we acquire something of value that could send money in and thicken our pocket. They say, it is not skin care cosmetics that give the best glow, it is “money”. Funny, but it has truth in it. Wealth can give happiness. And when we talk of treasure, we often and almost always, equate it to wealth.

But, astoundingly, Jesus gave these words.

“Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

– Matthew 6:19-21 (WEB)

Material wealth and money are needs. God is pleased to bless us and make us rich or wealthy according to His will. But, getting rich is not the very thing that God planned for us. Wealth are just one of the blessings of God that He favors us so we could enjoy life and bless others too. But, wealth itself is not what He has planned out for His children. God’s will is for His children to lay up treasure for His kingdom. God’s children should be wealthy of things for the kingdom of God. This is the treasure which we should give priority.

The kingdom of God is the greatest treasure. Imagine yourself chancing upon a treasure chest of great value. You will be rich! You will surely be beyond happy. A cloud nine experience. Ironically, there is one thing that few people realizes it as a treasure. Few recognizes it as the single most valuable thing man could ever get hold of. So, few people receive it with joy. This the kingdom of God.

Jesus explained this through a parable.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

– Matthew 13:44 (WEB)

There are three important points that this parable teaches us.

  1. The Kingdom of God, referred to in the verse as the Kingdom of Heaven, is likened to a treasure. We should treat it as such. Whether, you have chanced upon it or you have searched for it like a treasure hunter looking intently for treasure and found it, treat the Kingdom of God as the most valuable treasure you could have in life. Because it is.
  2. A person who realizes the true value of the Kingdom of God, receives it with joy. Have you experienced that great, deep joy that you are a saved sinner in Christ? Do you serve God with joy in whatever manner of service or gifts He led you to serve? Do you feel the joy in your spirit of how blessed you are that you are in Christ? Because a person who knows the value of the Kingdom cannot help but be joyful that he or she is part of God’s kingdom. There is no greater joy than being in the presence of God and to follow the will of God in this lifetime.
  3. A person who realizes the value of the Kingdom of God is willing to forsake all earthly treasures for the Kingdom of God. In the verse, “he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”. We don’t sell something that has no value. We can only sell that which people find of worth or valuable. If these things have their value, it means we hold them dearly. Once, we realize what the Kingdom of God is, are we willing to give up what we hold so dearly for the sake of Christ? Surrendering all to God is what God requires from us. And, that is the very response of a person whose “eyes” and “ears” are opened to understanding of how valuable the Kingdom of God is. Apostle Paul said, “Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith,…” – Philippians 3:8-9 (WEB). We count all else as loss compared to knowing Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Earthly wealth is a “refuse” and it is nothing in comparison to gaining life in Jesus and being in His Kingdom. Even when we are known throughout the world, our fame reaches far and wide, or our riches are too many to count, they are nothing. Life is not just about here on earth. Life is is also about eternity. If earthly life is so dear, how much more is our life in eternity. Jesus said,

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what will a man give in exchange for his life?”

– Mark 8:36-37 (WEB)

Hold your place in the Kingdom tightly. Never let it go. When you are in Christ, you are greater than a walking billionaire on this planet.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

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