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Understanding Value


Last night I could not sleep, struggling with a major decision. So I got up and opened the Bible. It (Matthew 13:44-46)

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man
discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”

Do you know the value of the things you own? Stories abound of people discovering they own items which are more valuable than they imagine - baseball cards, paintings, musical instruments, electronic computers, etc. Jesus told two simple parables which communicate the value of the Kingdom of Heaven. The first describes it as a treasure hidden in a field.
When it is discovered, a man sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. The second explains how a merchant discovered a pearl of great value, selling everything he owned to buy it.

We can't buy the Kingdom of Heaven. It's not for sale. Even if it was, we could never amass enough wealth to buy it. However, we can obtain this "pearl of great value" for "free". God's love and grace make it available to us - it's the free gift of God. And yet Jesus communicates a value and a cost. Getting this gift and keeping it costs us everything. God wants our
allegiance. He wants us to "sell out" - to "sell every-thing we own" - he wants us "all in".

The Kingdom of Heaven - a treasure in a field - a pearl of great value - do you understand the value of your relationship to the King?

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Michael Toohey