1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matt 13:44-52
“Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. ”
All that he has. This man Jesus talks about, he sells all that he has in order to procure this amazing treasure. All is a lot. It’s everything. He sells everything. That’s a heck of a gamble.
What if it turns out to be fool’s gold? What if the pearl of great price turns out to be merely a painted rock? What if he’s gambled everything that he had, all of his prosperity and security on something, and lost it all?
What if he’s wrong?
But God does not see things as the world sees them.
When the Commandment said “have no other gods before me,” this is precisely the gamble we were called to make. “Have no other gods.” Don’t value security before God. Don’t value financial stability before God. Don’t put the opinions of the world before God, because if you follow Him, people are going to think you’ve lost your mind from time to time.
So we’re asked to be willing to give it all up, all the treasures that we’ve accumulated and all the good reputation that we’ve painstakingly built, everything we are and ever will be and trade all of it for the chance of Salvation. Give it all up in exchange for a relationship with Christ, the Pearl of Great Price. Fortunately for us, it’s not really all that much of a gamble.
It’s a call to let go of the strangle hold we have on the things of this world. Jesus tells us quite clearly that we shouldn’t be afraid of this. These aren’t foolish men he’s describing. These are wise men who understand that the only things better than the rewards they have are ones which are Eternal, and that’s worth everything.
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