8-6-2017

Matthew 13:44 – The Cost Of The Kingdom

“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 dark suit steps out of a limousine and tells you that you can have any one thing you want in the world. You want to live somewhere else, it can be done. You want the fastest car on the planet, it can be done. You want to see your favorite sports team win a championship, it can be done. Our minds begin to race as we think of the one thing we want most. But wait, there is more! Then he says, “But, in order 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 all of the sudden 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 words 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.

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