Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Looking for something?

So the other day I was reading a REI catalogue and found a new pair of hiking boots that I really wanted. Being the selfless person that I am (of course) I immediately emailed my wife about the boots informing her that they would be a GREAT birthday present when the time comes. 

How many times do we fall in love with the latest gadget, pair of shoes, a new car, or something that is our treasure that we feel that we must pursue purchasing? We will do anything just to get it. And how many times do we forget about it being our treasure a couple weeks after owning it, or even a couple of days? And then here is the kicker--it isn't long until we find a new treasure to make us happy, to fulfill our needs. To satisfy us. 

This is so common in western societal thought. We buy into advertisements of needing stuff to make us feel complete. And we covet and we buy and we covet and we buy over and over and over. 

I was reading the Bible the other day and I came across this verse that just struck me like never before. It is funny how you can read the same thing over and over and one day it is as if you have never read it before. 

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 13 verse 44 it says: 

“The kingdom of heaven  is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and  buys that field."

What if we really treated the gospel as if it were a treasure we found in the field? What if we really got so excited about finding Jesus and the kingdom of heaven that we would do anything it took to be in possession of it? What if we did whatever it took to put every investment of it? 

This is how we should feel about the gospel, this is how we should feel about Jesus. 

May we all spend less time worshiping idols and more time investing in the Kingdom.


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