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Matt. 13:44-46 – 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.
These two short parables are fascinating. I’ve always thought of them as describing the individual who discovers the treasure of salvation and then surrenders their life in order to take possession of such great wealth. And that is true – these should be reminders to us that nothing compares with what we find in Jesus.
But since the church is made up of individuals who have come to salvation, can the parables also not apply to the church as a living body? The field is the world, and God has put a great and mysterious treasure into the world through the Incarnation. It is hidden from the eyes of those who are too prideful to acknowledge their brokenness and need, but is available to those who seek Him. Pay careful attention to the first verse: once the treasure was found, it was hidden again until the entire field, not just the treasure, could be purchased. If the field represents the world, the church has a great challenge and responsibility. The treasure is here, hidden in the world. The treasure can be seen as both the mystery of God in salvation, but also as the individual that is hidden (“lost”) in the world. And the mission of the church is to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the treasure for which God paid such a high price.
Whether or not that is what Jesus intended when he spoke these parables, the truth remains: we cannot leave any stone unturned, any price unpaid, to reach that which is hidden, buried and lost in the world. When we were lost, God saw us as a treasure hidden in the world, and He sold all He had to purchase us. How can we do any less?
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PRAYER: Thank You for seeing us as a great treasure. Help us to see the world, and the lost, in the same way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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