“The kingdom of heaven is like a 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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (NIV) Matthew 13:44-46
Recently a dear friend shared this verse with me…gave it to me as a Christmas gift really. No wonder God gave us His word because words are a most precious gift. I was honored and humbled as she shared that I have sold all and that a strand of pearls was in the making throughout my life, that would adorn me as Christ’s bride. With all my heart, I want to live that.
Today I revisited this passage again in my devotions and discovered some new facets. Here’s what I found….
WHEN A MAN FOUND IT…
#1. HE HID IT AGAIN My first question was why? Why after finding something so magnificent as the Kingdom of God, why would we hide it again? But I think the answer to that is more about where he hid it again. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” When a truth from the word is revealed to us, we must first hide it in our hearts so that it can produce there first.
#2. IN HIS JOY, HE WENT. We see here that his “going” was a direct result of the joy that had been given him. Romans 14:17 attributes the Kingdom of God as righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. He went because of what he was carrying. He had sown the Kingdom into His heart and was in route to become poor. Luke 6:20, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”
#3 AND SOLD ALL HE HAD. “All that he had” does not only refer to what we possess materially, the things of external value but to the possessions of the mind as well. What we “think” belongs to us. Those things that we have determined by our own right that we “should” have or perhaps “could” have. Everything that we have taken ownership of in our mind…positions, entitlements, status, rank, platforms and stages…all to be sold.
Even relationally, it would refer to anyone we are bound to, whether by natural blood relation, by marriage, friendship or duty. None of these relationships should take precedence over our relationship with Father.
What was it that he was setting out to do? He was selling himself into slavery of what he had found. He was giving himself “wholly” to another’s will. Father’s will. He was running with the vision, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” (Matthew 6:10)
And “all he had” could be nothing more than an altar for the Lord. A place of true sacrifice.
#4. He bought that field. When he had nothing left of “himself”. When he had stripped himself of all “self” worth. That was when he was equipped with a Kingdom currency! That word “bought” actually translates in the Greek, to be in the market place, to attend it. It became a place where he could plow, sow and harvest. But that’s not all. It was his to build upon, to make store upon; a place to shelter and provide for others. He could invite whomever he wanted…as many as would come. And it was generational. It was an inheritance he could leave.