“The kingdom of heaven is like 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.”
Matthew 13:44 ESV
Imagine for a minute that a man in a black suit steps out of a limousine. Hey says you can have any one thing you want in the world.
You want to live somewhere else? Consider it done.
You want the fastest car on the planet? Not a problem.
You want to see your favorite sports team win a championship? Mission complete.
Our minds race as we think of the one thing we want most.
But wait, there’s a catch… The mystery man says, “But, to have this thing, you must sell everything you have and give it to me.”
You might have the fastest car, but you have nowhere to live. You might have the nicest house on the street, but you have no car to drive or money for furniture. This thing we wanted so dearly suddenly doesn’t look so good.
Jesus gives us a parable of a man that wanted something so bad, it was worth selling everything for and brought him great joy. He called it the “kingdom of heaven.”
Right after this parable he gives another example of a man who did the very same thing. Obviously, the kingdom of heaven is and should be important to us as Christians as it was to these men Jesus told us about.
We read what the kingdom of heaven is in Romans:
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 ESV)
The Apostle Paul tells us that he has counted everything he has gained as loss in order to gain knowing Christ (Philippians 3:7-8). This is what the kingdom of heaven is, knowing Christ and his ruling our lives.
As you read the parable and the word’s of Paul, do they resonate in your heart? Can you say I am willing to give up all that I have to know Christ and be a part of His kingdom?
Be challenged to live for the kingdom.
Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of two bestselling books, Today We Win and The Men With Bare Feet, host of The Bible Better Podcast, and editor of Short Daily Devotions.