"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. Matthew 13:44 (NIV)
The Kingdom of God was the only gospel that Christ preached. Before he was crucified he preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God and after his resurrection, he still preached the same gospel. Understanding this gospel of the Kingdom of God can totally transform the life of a born-again believer to a degree of fulfillment never known before.
You might have been a born-again Christian for many years, but you might still not have 'found' the Kingdom of God. You can know you are saved and will go to heaven if you, but still do not have a grasp of the Kingdom of God.
I had grown to love the Lord and wanted to please Him in every way and I wanted others to know Him intimately. I loved being in His presence; I loved to hear the preaching of the anointed Word and I loved being in the presence of the saints. I wanted to be of service in the Kingdom of God, but sometimes there just seemed that there was something still missing in life down here. It was like there was a disconnection between the 'spiritual' life and the everyday purpose of life.
Then I took hold of the concept of the Kingdom of God and the ultimate purpose of life on earth. Now I feel like the man Jesus told about who was digging in a field, and then found a ‘treasure’. (Matthew 13:44). The man somehow knew it was the greatest treasure that he would ever find on earth. So, full of excitement and nerves, hoping that it would not disappear when he returned, or that someone else would find it and rob him of it, he went and gathered up all the other treasures he had stored up in his past life – both the material and ethereal treasures. Then he collected them and piled them together – everything, anything on which he had placed any value – took them to the market place and sold them all.
He left nothing behind, nothing remained untouched – nothing he had believed as a child that was so precious to him, no reputation or self-esteem that determined how people looked at him, no prop that had sustained him for years, no job, no business – nothing. He sold it all, collected all the returns - all the wealth he owned - and went hurriedly, with a quizzical smile on his face- that smile of secrecy and satisfaction, when you are happy inside and haven’t yet shared your bliss with anyone. He went and bought the entire field in which he had found the treasure. He didn’t just buy the treasure: he didn’t want to take any chances, just in case he might have overlooked some minor part of the treasure or lose the very atmosphere which surrounded that jewel. He bought it all and began his life anew.
That is what knowing the Kingdom of God is worth: its value cannot be measured in human terms. It is the difference between living and existing, between doing a job and pursuing a vision, between waking up with a dread of what awaits you in the day ahead, and knowing that life has meaning, real meaning.
Once you have found the Kingdom of God your whole life changes – your concept of yourself, your outlook on life, your vision and your relationships. Life simply takes on a higher meaning. It is like the whole heavens are opened up and you begin to see with your own eyes, the God who made you and has known you all your life. You will begin to understand how much that same God wants to come close to you, and for you to come close to Him so that you will get to know him intimately like a friend.
One of the most important concepts you will grasp in your spirit as you begin to pursue the Kingdom of God is that, you are made in the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of God himself! Genesis 1:26-27). You are of inestimable value to God. It means that by the simple fact that you were born a human being demonstrates the unsurpassable premium God places on your life. He, the God of all creation chose to endue you with the very qualities and abilities that He himself possesses, and to give you his very Spirit.
Therein, lies the worth of every single individual born of the human race.
To understand what is required of a race of people on whom so much value has been placed, and in whom so much has been invested, and what God requires of us now, and what he intended for us in the first place we have to go back to the Scriptures to find his original intent for us, and as we pursue diligently his Kingdom and his righteousness, he will reveal himself and his purposes and change our lives as we resolve to follow him with all our heart.
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