“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.” (Matthew 13: 44-46)
Dear reader, we will continue this week to touch a little more on this theme, because we believe that there are many riches to extract from this passage. Recalling the last post showed us that to find something, the first step is to search. When it comes to something valuable, a treasure, this quest will require more time, dedication and attention on the part of the seeker, so we must have our eyes and our hearts open to find.
The text tells us of someone who found a hidden treasure, that is, someone had already left this treasure there, this man had only the trouble of searching, searching for something precious, leaving his comfort zone, but the one who hid the treasure was who worked the most, searching, gathering, carrying, opening the ground and entering the treasure. Everything we found didn`t have our work, but it did someone else’s.
The kingdom of heaven came through Jesus Christ. God who emptied Himself, leaving His glory, became man; as a man became a servant, as a servant was obedient unto death, and death on a cross. As soon as He was risen, our Lord put all the riches of God in the Spirit, and when we believe in His Name, in His work complete, at this moment we find “the treasure.” It is a great privilege, as it is the most value. And therefore we should give the utmost importance.
To have the right to enjoy this treasure, there is a price, which is to sell everything. The treasure is in a field, and whoever owns it has a right over the treasure. Much is said about the treasure, which is the most important. But without acquiring the field we would like to misappropriate or gain illicit enrichment. So the price of the field is to sell everything for him. The price is to leave what is good to our own eyes, for the joy of owning such a treasure.
After all what would be this field to be purchased with the price of everything we have? The field is ourselves. Where is the treasure? The Kingdom of God, which is the treasure, has been hidden within us, it is the presence of the Lord in us. To enjoy everything we have to sell everything we have, which is nothing in the face of such treasure. In the Kingdom we win lost people, live and die, we will reign if we serve, we conquer if we have been conquered by the Lord, we are wise if we are crazy for the world, we get rich becoming poor, we inherit the earth if we are meek in heart, we will be exalted if we we humble ourselves, we will be first if we are last, we will be placed beside the Lord at supper if we sit in the last places, and we will enjoy the wedding not being invited. To buy this field we have to give up being master of ourselves, our bodies, our will, our ideas, our positions, our values and if we want to enjoy such treasure, the Lord Jesus must be the King of our lives!
“ Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
Luke 17: 20-21