“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.” (Mat 13:44)
What would you give everything you own for? What value would you prescribe to an object that you would sell absolutely everything you own just to get a hold of?
Jesus talked about the treasure hidden in the field as being like the kingdom of God. It was an analogy described to encourage us to see the real importance associated with the gospel.
Jesus and the message He gave us of salvation and the coming of the kingdom of God are to be valued beyond all we own. Everything we have and all that we are is to be committed to the cause of Christ. The value we prescribe to Him can never be enough; He is beyond the value of creation itself.
Quick Prayer: You are beyond all value. Amen.
“May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, ‘The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.’” (Psa 35:27)
We have all come from different backgrounds and experiences of what a father is like. Some fathers were loving and kind, others brutal or even absent, but all were fallible and human. What about our concept of our heavenly Father? It has to be impacted by the example of our earthly father.
Our concept of God is also molded by tradition or maybe by religion or myth. Most of us underestimate the love God has for us. Many see Him as a capricious deity Who is ready to punish.
God delights in me and you. Delight is such an all-encompassing and emotive word that we cannot mistake it for just a passing interest. He delights in our wellbeing. He wants and loves to see us doing very well indeed.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You delight in me and in my wellbeing. Amen.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor 9:11)
I love to give. This is something I can take no pride in. It is something God has done in my heart over many years. I have learned the joy of generosity as I have seen the fruit of sowing into people’s lives.
God will ensure that we are enriched so we can be generous. What do you have in your hand? Is it just a little? Ask God to show you a need, and meet it. Joy will fill your heart, and He will be honored.
Quick Prayer: Show me how to be generous in every way, and open my heart to give freely. Amen.
“The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.” (Pro 15:6)
I can’t say the word treasure without thinking of pirates. The paradox of that is that pirates are the antithesis of the righteous.
I am sure that the context of this treasure is blessing in its complete form. Peace, joy, provision, great relationships, health, and an open heaven—these are the things I would regard as treasure.
There is of course the obvious financial definition of treasure, and God is in the business of blessing us. Notice that it is the income of the wicked that brings the ruin. Both receive financially, but only one has treasure.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the great treasures that come from righteousness. Amen.