“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
Of course Jesus isn’t endorsing unethical behavior in telling this parable; that’s not the point at all. Rather he’s focusing on the amazing joy that comes with encountering God’s kingdom in the world. Most of the time we probably don’t even think about such things. But just imagine what it would be like if one day we stumbled on an aspect of God’s presence that blew our minds. That actually happens to some people. They’ve been wandering through life focusing on work, pleasure, family–the sorts of things all of us spend time with–and then one day it hits them. They have an experience of God’s love that shakes their souls, and all of the preoccupation with accumulation and wealth that had defined their lives fades away like a bad dream. In an instant they’ve caught a glimpse of the spiritual dimension and seen God’s presence, and they want more! So what do they do? In joy they buy the field! They begin to spend their time and energy to soak in the good news and revel in the extravagant love of their Maker. Everything is devoted to walking in the Way of Jesus and spending life’s equities on eternal values. In Jesus’ own words, “they store up for themselves treasure in heaven, where rust and moth do not consume and thieves do not break in and steal.”
Thought for the Day: What do I treasure?