S (Scripture): Matthew 13:44 Jesus said to the disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.”
O (Observation): Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven like a treasure and as a pearl of great value for which people will sacrifice much. Ultimately, it is not about the treasure, the pearl, or those who search. This parable is about the joy of the kingdom of heaven. These are parables intended to motivate people to seek the kingdom of heaven and discover joy.
“Jesus seems to be talking about the hidden holiness lurking about in the mundane monotony of our daily lives.” (That’s a quote from my friend and colleague Delmer Chilton, found here.)
In the seeking, one may not necessarily know what one will come upon. But when the treasure / pearl is found that discoverer will give everything to obtain that treasure.
Much the same for the pearl…this treasure brings joy and yet costs much.
A (Application): In today’s world of facts and alternative facts, how is one to discern truth or knowledge? So much is hidden in the stories we hear and the textbooks we use to educate our young folks.
My hope is that we keep on attempting to unveil the places where the Kingdom has come to earth. I hope we keep on sharing stories and digging into our own stories and the stories of those around us…that we might discover where the Kingdom has already been planted, or hidden, or is taking root and bearing fruit!
This means we constantly have our “Kingdom antennae” raised : )
We remain vigilant in keeping the main thing the main thing: living the life of a forgiven sinner, like a beggar telling other beggars where to find some bread, narrowing our focus to the one thing that matters…that the treasure is here for all of us.
When is the last time you discovered this treasure / pearl? What did that look like for you? How were you able to see this as God’s blessing? What did you have to let go of in order to be able to pick up this treasure?
P (Prayer): Lord, give us willing hearts to let go of what we don’t need, so that we can pick up this priceless treasure you have hidden for all of us to discover. Amen.