"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," Jesus in Matthew 13:44
John, youíve been so quiet the last few days. Whatís wrong? Is it work?
Iím not sure Honey. Maybe itís work, I donít know. Perhaps itís just life. Iím getting old, I guess.
Itís more than that; I havenít seen you like this before. You used to have so much energy and always doing and going. Youíve had problems at work in the past and it hasnít bothered you so much. What is it?
There seems to be something missing but I donít know what it is.
Yes, you know, something in my life, our lives.
John sees ďthe lookĒ from his wife.
No, I donít mean us. I love you and I know you love me. I...well...I donít know.
I think I understand how you feel. Iíve felt something missing in our lives too.
John returns ďthe lookĒ. She notices and laughter erupts. Arms enfold around one another.
What have I been working for all these years? Why weíve been able to buy just about anything weíve wanted and the kids are starting well in their lives. The companyís been good to work for....except for that one boss (a slight smile crosses his lips as he remembers a particular incident. Then shakes his head). Itís not work, thatís for sure.
John, letís pray about it.
This has been something neither have done for a long time. Itís sounded good to them though.
That night John picks up the Bible he laid on the bedside stand, months ago. Randomly opening it reads: What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? Or what can he give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
What can he give in exchange for his soul...in exchange for his soul...what can he give? What do I have to give? What...? (Calling out to his wife) Honey, how much did I earn last year?
What do you mean? You filled out the taxes.
Well, did I make enough to buy my soul?
The hole in our lives, could it be spiritual?
John, you may be right. What was it the pastor said last week?
Mmmm...ah...yes, something about earthly things that weíve acquired will all be left behind when we die. To use them now for the Lord and something about putting treasure up in heaven.
Thatís it. And he said we donít have to be a pastor or preacher to do it. Using what God has given to us, in our jobs, homes, lives, to start acquiring this treasure for when we do to heaven.
Yes, yes...that is it! Taking his wife in his arms and swinging her around. Iíll stay with what Iím doing and commit my work,my life, for the Lord.
Lord, thank you for revealing this treasure to me. I give everything I have to You to use. Guide me in this new field of work for you. What joy you have given to our hearts. Amen.
"...Yet I am not ashamed, because I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day." II Timothy 1:12b
"He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep, to gain what he can not lose." Jim Elliott, martyred missionary.
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