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. (Matthew 13:44 NRSV)

Some people today dream of winning the Publishers Clearing House, but in Jesus' time people dreamed of finding treasure buried in a field or at least discovering a precious stone lying in the road. Commerce and banking were not as sophisticated as they are today. There were no offshore banks in the grand Caymans; no unnumbered accounts in Switzerland. So people who wanted to secure their wealth buried it in the ground. It gained no interest, but at least it was secure. Unfortunately, some of these people died before reclaiming their wealth. So there it lay just waiting for someone to discover it.

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is like that. It is like treasure hidden in a field which someone stumbled upon. In order to secure his new found wealth, the lucky finder hid the treasure all over again in that same field. Then joyfully he took everything he had and sold it to buy the field. Then the treasure was his.

Are you willing to give up the mundane to claim the great treasure of God's kingdom?


God of all kingdoms, may I not let the things I have get in the way of living in your kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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