I am always blessed to sit under the ministry of Jeff Hlavin! These are some of my notes from his message Calvary Assembly of God on Sunday, but you really should watch the whole message.
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. (Matthew 13:44-46)
There are at least two possible perspectives about the meaning and the application of these two parables:
First Perspective: Jesus is the One who finds and seeks.
The field is the world, and Jesus paid the price for the whole field/world to be His.
Second Perspective: We are the ones doing the discovering.
Jesus provides Himself as the Treasure of treasures. So taking up our cross to follow Him is not a morbid thing. There is overwhelming joy because of the extravagant treasure that is ours when we do so!
1. It’s about our response to discovering His Kingdom.
2. It’s about our appropriate response to His Kingdom.
3. It’s about the whole-hearted appropriate response which the Kingdom of God requires.
4. It’s about the value of His Kingdom.
5. It’s about the primacy of His Kingdom.
Both individuals are alike in that…
- Both of them know there is more to life than what they have. Neither one of them considers what they’re doing as a sacrifice because of what they’re gaining!
- Both of them recognize what is missing when they find it.
- Both of them recognize that what they have found is of far more inestimable value than everything else they have.