Daily Devotional: Hidden treasure and a pearl

Matthew 13:4-46

~"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.~

pearl_farm_animated Jesus’ parable of a hidden treasure and of a pearl are stories of passion. The man who found treasure in a field sold all he had to buy the field. The man who found an exquisite pearl sold all he had to buy the pearl. Nothing they already owned held as much value for them as getting what they had seen.

Jesus said those treasures were like the kingdom of heaven. Nothing is as important as gaining a place in that kingdom. A believer’s greatest passion in life should be about the kingdom.

So many things easily pull a person’s eyes away from what’s truly important. The everyday events and requirements of living in the twenty-first century bring along with them the need to focus on them, the need to make a way through the morass of living life in a confused and confusing world. All those needs pull and push and shove focus away from Jesus and the kingdom.

And they shouldn’t. Really! They shouldn’t. You need to live in this world. No getting away from that. But your true life is “hidden with Christ in God” [Colossians 3:3 NKJV]. And that’s something to get passionate about. It’s something worth seeking after with all heart, with intensity, with passion.

Be real today. What’s first in your life? Do you seek Jesus and His kingdom first and foremost? Or do other things draw your attention away from Him? Remember, it’s not so much those things that draw your attention that are the problem; it’s those things that draw your attention away from Jesus. Examine those things and begin to put them into proper place in your heart and life. You’ll never be sorry. What you’ll get is treasure worth giving up all you own to gain. AMEN!

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