Daily Word #21: The Gospel Is Our Treasure Part 1
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. - Matthew 13:44
This parable is not a plea for us to sell all that we have to obtain the kingdom as often misinterpreted - for we truly have nothing to offer God (Ephesians 2:5-9). Instead, it is a call for us to desire the kingdom above all else. In Matthew 13:44, Jesus teaches this parable by creating a contrast between the value of God’s kingdom and the value of everything else. The man does not only sell everything to buy the field, and the treasure it possesses, but he also does it with joy.
Being captured by the grace of God through Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary, Jesus opens our eyes to the infinite value of the gospel and the lesser value of anything that would often compete for our priorities.
It is impossible to give to God as we should if our money – or the things that money can buy – are as valuable to us as the gospel. All that Jesus is for us, should dominate our focus and serve as the controlling influence in our lives. We will know that the gospel is our treasure as it defeats the idols in life. Idols like money.
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