Posted: 10/2/2011 3:47:12 PM
THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND THE PEARL OF GREAT VALUE
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. 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." ---Matt. 13:44-46
The kingdom of heaven is pictured as a treasure in these two parables. The first parable tells us that some stumble onto the treasure by chance. The second says some are prepared by training to find it and will actively seek it. Both stories agree that, when His kingdom is found, there is but one entrance, one key--sacrifice. Finder's Keepers only if the finder abandons all else. This means recognizing that the vital, transforming experience of Christ is worth more than anything else in the world. Further, it means relinquishing to Him ownership and control of our lives.
Praise the Lord Almighty!!