Did anyone ever set up a treasure hunt for you as a kid? It’s a vague memory for me, but I do remember following clues that would lead us from one room to another, maybe out to the backyard tree and then the patio table. I had a blast. Searching for clues was exhilarating, and the best part was that you knew that treasure was waiting for you.
Talking yesterday about receiving His kingdom like a child, and remembering those treasure hunts, prompted me to use this passage next. Jesus is telling parables (stories for teaching) and he says:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”
My childlike response to that is I WOULD GIVE EVERYTHING TO GET THE TREASURE OF HIS KINGDOM!! And that’s my sentence for today. That’s what I’ll replace my worries with. Before you decide on your sentence, read these other metaphors that Jesus used right after that one.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood these things?” They said to Him, “Yes.” And He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
His kingdom is a treasure, a pearl. It’s a net full of good fish and bad, and the bad will be tossed away. (The Bible says that God wants all people to be saved, but we fish do make our own choices.)
Consider today’s verses. What are your thoughts? What is your sentence to remember?
*All verses are New American Standard Bible translation, originally used with permission in the paperback version of this devotional.