I love reading the parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. The Bible says that as Believers in Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven is in us (Luke 17.21). We receive righteousness when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, and we become blameless so that a perfect God can dwell inside of us by means of the Holy Spirit. Once we have the Holy Spirit, the entire Kingdom of Heaven is at our disposal….we don’t have to wait until our mortal bodies die! It is a wonderful truth that is contrary to our culture’s world view of “you must earn everything,” “you must see it to believe it,” and “God is beyond your reach.”
I love the parable that compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure found it a field; however, I finally asked a question that the Holy Spirit used to give me new insight. I asked, “Why did the man have to buy the field? Why couldn’t he just take the treasure?” The Holy Spirit said, “Sometimes the Kingdom of Heaven can only be found in the land.”
What I realized is that we all have different “fields” in our lives: our marriages, children, work, church, time, money, talents, relationships, habits, etc., and God has treasures for us that can only be found in those particular landscapes. So many people want God, but what they don’t realize is that God is found in everything, and it is only when we sacrifice all that we have to buy those “fields” that we are able to dig up the treasures God has for us.
When we sacrifice our time to read the Bible, we will find treasure.
When we sacrifice our self-centered control for the sake of marital harmony, we will find treasure.
When we sacrifice our energy to pour into our children, we will find treasure.
When we sacrifice our material wants to give to our church and others, we will find treasure.
When we sacrifice our clean homes to cultivate our relationships, we will find treasure.
Now, I believe some aspects of the Kingdom of God are like pearls, given to us freely by our Creator (Matthew 13.45-46). However, much of the treasure can only be found in the fields where God has planted them. And they almost always take a lot of digging, sweat and work to discover. So if God is calling you to cultivate a field and you wonder how it will bring you closer to Him, don’t worry. I’m sure there is a treasure just waiting to be found. And once you find it, you will joyfully continue to dig more because the treasure was well worth the sacrifice. The amazing thing is that the treasure always brings you into a deeper relationship with Christ because He is the treasure!
What fields does God have you buying? Have you found treasure or are you faithfully still digging?
“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” (Matthew 13.44 NIV).