Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 5 - The Hidden Treasure and The Pearl

Matthew 13:44-46

These two parables show us how much we should value the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God doesn’t mean much until we can understand its value; there is nothing in this world that can compare! These parables are very short; if you haven’t taken the time to read them yet, please do.

The first parable is about a man who finds a treasure hidden in a field. Upon finding the treasure, he sold everything he had and bought the field. Let’s look at what this treasure is in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Our treasure is that God dwells in us and His light shines through us so we can share it with those around us. We are so blessed that our holy and perfect God wants to be with us and work in us. Wow! Our treasure is the knowledge of our salvation through Christ. Do you value this treasure?

The second parable is about the merchant who is searching for valuable pearls. When he finds one that is very valuable, he sells everything he has to get it. I just want to point out that these parables are not necessarily about monetary things, but of showing us the value of God’s kingdom. When we believe the message of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice, we die to what we know. We give up the lifestyle that was once important to us and strive to live a life that becomes a reflection of God. That is why this treasure is stored up in “jars of clay.” We are human and imperfect, yet God continues to choose to dwell in us and use us. Are you overwhelmed by how amazing that is? God is holy, yet He still wants to be with us! That is worth giving up things like pride and bitterness which really have no value.

How valuable is that knowledge to you? Are you willing to die to your old self so that God can work in you? Are you willing to shed things in your life that do not reflect who God is?

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