Thursday April 22
Text: Matthew 13 vs 44 -52
Theme: The quest for the Kingdom
These series of parables describes the quest for the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus likens the kingdom of God to hidden pearl and priceless treasure which a man and a merchant finds respectively.
This man obviously knows the value of different kinds of pearls. So when he discovers this precious treasure hidden in a field, probably by accident, he sells all he has to purchase the field. Note that this man did not just go for the treasure alone. Rather he bought the entire field. This he does to ensure that no one takes the treasure away from him.
Likewise, the merchant finds a pearl of great price and sells every other thing he has to purchase it. In other words, these parables describes the preciousness of the kingdom of heaven. It’s beauty is hidden from the eyes of the world. It requires that one looks earnestly and intently to discover the great ness of this kingdom and it’s supremacy over all other pursuits of life.
Unfortunately, man is always attracted to the earthy and flashy things which have no eternal value. He works tirelessly to lay hold on ephemeral treasures. The kingdom of heaven is rather subtle and hidden. It lacks the shiny lustre that men love. Only those who come close and dig deeper find it more precious than gold. Only them understand it’s preciousness.
Moreover, the parable of the dragnet shows what will happen at the end. Jesus makes his disciples fishers of men. The fishermen hardly has a choice over what enters his net. The best he does is to sit down and separate his catch carefully. This is what will happen at the end. Just like the tares and wheat are to grow together, the good fish and the bad remains in the net until the end when Jesus judges the world.
So what? Dear friend, have you found a priceless treasure in Jesus? Then sell all you have and purchase a place in his kingdom. He says In Matthew 6:33
But seek first the his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you well
Again, Paul tells us in Philippians 3:7 that he has count everything as dung for the sake of knowing Christ. Which sacrifice have you made in the pursuit of this priceless treasure of the kingdom of heaven? The song writer Jim Reeves says:
I’d rather have Jesus
than anything this world affords today
Than to be the king of a vast domain
And to live in sins Dread sway
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today
Listen to the full song here: