Jonathan's Perspective  

Jul 2

'What is it Worth?'

 

It is sometimes hard to know the value of something. If you’ve watched the Antique Road Show, you’ll know what I mean. Everyone is looking for that item in the attic that is going to be worth a fortune. The Kingdom of God is the same way. Most people don’t really know the value of life with God. We are so used to the everyday routines and mediocre surroundings we have. Jesus tells us that there is something worth far more than we can imagine waiting for us. It is ‘hidden’ but also evident and recognizable.  

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. 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.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 13:44-46)

The treasure and pearl weren’t just given to them. In order to obtain them, they had to give up everything they owned. What would you do if you were that person who finds the treasure or pearl? Would you be able to let go of what you have in order to obtain what you don’t have? Once you have something before you that is costly, you have to decide if you will pay the price.

Someone once told me that the value of something is not how much it will cost, but how much it will give you if you have it. It is a sort of pro-con idea that the pros outweigh the cons which makes the choice obvious. Many people are unwilling to make the choice, to take the risk. Let me put it another way. Every choice to do or not to do something carries risk. If you choose NOT to do something, you bear the risk of opportunity lost. If you choose to DO something, you risk losing what you have and not having something greater.

Jesus’ parable makes it clear that the treasure and pearl are worth everything a person could give up. In other words, there is nothing more valuable than entering the Kingdom of God and receiving the infinite blessings of King Jesus. If the choice is that obvious, why don’t more people choose the Kingdom? Fear of loss? Perception that it isn’t worth that much? Lack of trusting the one offering it? Do any of those ring true for you? Are you only willing to give a little for the Kingdom? Are your hands so full of the dreariness and pain of life that you have no room for something more, something better? Let go!. Let go of those unsatisfying, even destructive things that fill your life. The only way to enjoy the Kingdom is by letting go of everything else. Jesus promises great joy and no regrets.

C. S. Lewis gave this metaphor:

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (The Weight of Glory)

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