“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)
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
This passage from Matthew has a very deep meaning that come to help us in our Christian living. The first aspect that we can identify is the search, because both found something very valuable, we can only find something if we go out to search. Standing still will not make us find anything! We have to move! “Seeking” requires an attitude, a desire, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” Mt 6: 33a. Many times our experience is of passivity, we hear about God’s miracles, His power, and what He can do, but we are unwilling to seek Him, to dedicate a time of prayer, reading, loving and helping others. This is all because we don’t truly know who God is and what His Kingdom is. So what is the kingdom of God? Is Christ reigning in us, living in us and being formed, begotten, worked in us, making us His image and likeness (without worship. — Genesis 1:26) and that`s the most important thing, the most valuable we can have in our lives.
The second aspect of this passage is, after finding something so precious, these men went and sold all they had to buy the land and a pearl. What does this represent? It shows that today we need to be willing to give up our things, we must detach our human values, not be attached to the riches of this world and especially, leave my concepts, my ego that always leads me not to seek this treasure. If you want this precious treasure, you must have the Lord reigning in our lives.
What is worth more? We often cling to our religiosity (mine or yours), or our customs, desires, dreams and relationships, in such a way that we don’t reached joy, peace, and justice in the Holy Spirit. Nothing should imprison us, for before us is that which has the greatest value, the true and eternal value, which is the kingdom of God.
The Lord teaches that isn’t possible to have this life in ourselves, or to live anyway, but to have a change, a reaction on our part, a search. It isn’t possible to go on living the same way, and at the same time have the peace, justice and joy of His presence in us, just begging favors, waiting for things to change, giving one or another thing to have this treasure. How willing we are to let the joy of possessing such a treasure? Remembering that in the text says that “they sold everything they had” to buy the land and pearl. For such a treasure, we will have to give up of everything! The treasure of having Him in us, working His virtues in our being and reigning in our lives is unparalleled! It’s worth selling everything!