44 “Again, 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.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
These have to be some of my favorite parables of the Lord Jesus. The pictures that he drew to explain the value of his eternal kingdom are vivid and bursting with meaning. In his series, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn has enacted the parable of the treasure in the field. It is worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd29Dmba1k4
My imagination runs wild with these parables. I imagine walking through a deserted field and stumbling on a treasure of immense value. Its’ been hidden and forgotten maybe for centuries but I cannot take it out, it belongs to whoever owns the field. My life just changed. Whatever was on my to do list just got erased. Whomever I was supposed to meet just got cancelled. I need to find out who owns the field and then find a way to raise the money to buy it. There is no limit to what it will cost me for the treasure far exceeds what I will spend to get it.
Then Jesus tells the same story of a pearl merchant. All of his life he is searching for valuable pearls to sell to his rich clients. One day he sees the pearl of a life-time. He knows that this pearl is of greater value than all of the pearls he has ever owned. He has to have this pearl for whoever has this pearl will be wealthy beyond measure. He goes home and takes every pearl of his valuable collection, the ones he has saved and the ones he has kept; he gathers them all and goes to his customers to sell his life’s collection. He knows that whatever it costs, owning this one pearl will set him up for life.
Jesus used these great stories to define the gospel. The gospel has no equal in this life. There is nothing in our lives that is of greater value than the gospel. The gospel is worth selling all that we have; it is worth changing our lives to get. When we understand the value of the gospel nothing will get in our way to get it and hold on to it. The gospel is a treasure and a pearl beyond price.
I am so thankful to God for giving me the gospel. I am so thankful to possess the gospel as that which has enriched my life beyond any human treasure or any human value. I won’t trade it for anything; it means everything to me.
Of what value is the gospel to you?
Between getting ready for my class next week and working on the house my days begin early and end late. I apologize for not getting to the devotionals as I have in the past. Hopefully, in August, we will slow down to a more normal life.
This Sunday we will be observing the Lord’s Table and I will be bringing a message from 1 Corinthians 10 on the table of the Lord and the table of demons. This is an amazing passage that has some wonderful truths and some striking challenges.
Tomorrow, Illinois Family Institute is using our church building for a conference on Radical Islam. The conference starts at 10:00. Go to https://illinoisfamily.org/event/panel-of-experts-on-responding-to-islam-2/ for more information.
Have a great day in the Lord,