You know all of Jesus' "the Kingdom of heaven is like..." talks? I've heard them a lot, so sometimes I stop hearing them. But the other day I heard one of them with new ears. I was reading about the guy who found the treasure in the field.
I've read that passage quite a few times in my life, but this time I saw something I'd never seen before. The man found the treasure and then hid it again. For the first time, I asked myself why he didn't just take it.
Selling his stuff and buying the field proved the value the treasure held for him.
It was worth more than petty larceny. It was worth all he had, and his actions demonstrated that.
Yes, he could have just pocketed the treasure, walked off with it and no one would have known. But he decided it was worth more than that.
Worth so much, in fact, that he hid it again, went and sold all his belongings, and then came back and bought the field.
He didn't buy the field for the field's sake. He bought it for the sake of the treasure.
The field had value only because of the treasure it held.
And I have value because of the treasure I hold---Christ in me, the hope of glory.
The treasure of Christ is freely mine for the taking, but if I truly value that gift, I will sacrifice to lay hold of it. To lay hold of Him.
Too many days I just pocket the Treasure. Or worse, I leave it buried.
I want my life to show the value I place on the Treasure that is Christ.