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Hidden Treasure

Matthew 13:44

“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.”

profileChristmas is coming.  I know – I’ve said that before – but – I will keep saying it – probably right up to Christmas!  It is a wonderful time of the year for many of us.

I was asked the other day – during a 45-minute 2.5-mile walk through a forested trail with hills and rocks – what my vision for our church would look like?  In between trying not to twist my ankle and trying not to have a heart attack – I shared that it wasn’t so much what we did but for me it was the heart in which we did it.  I created a saying some 30 years ago that goes like this – Christianity boils down to ________.  For those how know me or have known my ministry – you know how to fill in the blank.  Christianity boils down to attitude and we have expanded that saying to include the condition and position of our heart.

For me the ideal church – or Christian – would not necessarily be a church that did one thing or the other – because circumstances change – there are too many variables to establish a list of things an ideal church would do.  For me the ideal church – or ideal Christian – would be a church or Christian who was sold out for Jesus.  That is the answer I gave my friend as we walked along and jumped up a small herd of deer – their white-tails dancing in the afternoon sun as they pranced away.   When the first thing we ask is not how much will this cost us or inconvenience us but how can we serve Christ in this or that opportunity.

Today’s passage gives us a glimpse into what I mean.  As Jesus was describing the kingdom of God He said this as recorded in Matthew 13:44 – “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.”

If we want to ask ourselves if we are sold out for Christ – we just need to be honest with ourselves and ask – is there anything – and I mean anything – more important to us than serving and pleasing God?  The kingdom of heaven is like finding a treasure that is so valuable – you would go and sell all that you have so that you could go and buy that treasure.  Being sold out for Jesus doesn’t count the cost but rather counts the opportunities.  A sold out church thinks less of themselves and more about ways to let Jesus’ light so shine before men and women that they will see Jesus (Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.)

Does God get our leftover time – energy – gifts – offerings?  Or does God get the first fruit of our best?  Such an appropriate thought during the Christmas season.  Are we sold out for Jesus?  Do we treat knowing Jesus and serving Him like a hidden treasure?  Is our relationship with Jesus worth everything to us?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 9, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Point made Pastor Ray. Like you often state, “oh what God could do with a church on fire for Jesus!” I think about your sayings often. They help me remember some messages and truths the Scriptures reveal. Merry Christmas to you and your family this year and every year. I know you miss your dad. I miss mine too.

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    Comment by JR | December 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks for your encouragement JR. Merry Christmas to you and to yours…

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      Comment by raymcdonald | December 15, 2013 | Reply


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