July 26, 2020

Matthew 13:44-52 … “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” vs.44

 All the riches that God has for us–the peace and joy, the forgiveness and hope–all those blessings are present for us all the time! But too many of us don’t even sense their nearness. We pass through life, oblivious to the treasure that is hidden right in front of our eyes. The cares of this world, the frenzied pace at which we choose to live, all our material appetites…blind us to the priceless treasure at our fingertips. And then we just stumble upon it–we’re walking through a field and kick a shapeless clod that turns out to be pure gold. In that moment of insight and delight we realize the essence of life and the pure delight that comes from knowing Christ Jesus. And out of joy we gladly turn our backs on the false promises of this world and devote ourselves to the simple pleasures of new life in Christ. And as we live into that newness we wonder why in the world it’s taken us so long to know the truth. We don’t have to earn the relationship with Jesus–it’s total grace–but we gladly give up all our old aspirations to make it our own. Does this happen for everyone? Sadly, no. But it does happen! And those who have discovered the priceless treasure of Christlike living wouldn’t trade it for anything else!

Thought for the Day: Has this happened for me?