April 21

Text: Matthew 13:44

"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. (NASB)

Everyone loves a bargainóa good deal, obtaining something more valuable than the price paid, finding something of great worth.  Why?  There is the thrill of discovery, the exuberance of recognizing the value, the anticipation of the effect on the future, and the excitement of experiencing good fortune.

Jesusí parable was simple.  A man found something extremely valuable that was hidden in a field.  He recognized the real value of the treasure accidently and unexpectedly found.  He secured the treasure, made a MAJOR investment, and acquired what he found.

The New American Standard Bible presents this entire Jesus parable in one long sentence.  Though brief, the parable made powerful statements about Godís kingdom.  Though short, it makes two eloquent, fundamental statements about the people who submit to Godís rule.

Statement one: Some find Godís rule by accident.  They were not looking for that ruleóthey just happened to find it.  However, when they found it, they quickly recognized its worth.  Knowing its worth, they promptly took the necessary action to make what they found theirs.

Statement two: Accepting Godís rule is more valuable than all a person owns.  It requires a major investment.  Yes, sacrifice is involved.  However, God and His rule are deserving of our sacrifice.

Suggestion for reflection: When you realize Godís purposes in you, do you recognize their value?  (Read Philippians 3:7-11.)

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