Matt. 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He was so delighted with it that he went away; sold everything he had, and bought that field.
Let’s define elements in Jesus’ illustration: The Treasure is Jesus, Himself, the Savior and Lord of all. The Field is the Gospel, the whole message of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is the entire sphere of Christ’s rule. The Finder should be YOU.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
The heart of this message will arrest your conscience and force you to think hard, once it finally dawns on you. Purchasing the Field is the only way for the Finder to gain legitimate ownership of the Treasure.
The Finder joyously went and sold everything he had in order to come back and purchase the Field. Jesus (the Treasure) is free, but you must buy into the Gospel of the Kingdom (the Field) to possess Him. The Finder sold everything he had, requiring him to live in the new Field he had just purchased. Simply stated, Jesus’ explanation of the Kingdom of God is the story of relocation. The Finder sells everything, freeing himself from his old habitat, for the privilege of moving in with Jesus!
This is the biggest reason why Christians experience frustration and futility instead of results and fruit, when they attempt to pray for the provisions and blessings that Jesus has stated He would provide. It’s because they try to remove Him from the Field – take Him out of the environment of His Word (the Gospel). They try and bring Him into their kingdom and get Him to bless their will, rather than moving into His kingdom and doing His will, which is blessed. Many Christians like to use the Field with the Treasure as a vacation home. They don’t live there, but just drop in for R and R on occasion. That will NEVER work because Jesus said that you must ABIDE in Him and stay in His yoke, in order to bear fruit and have peace.
The reason Jesus said that the Finder sells all to purchase the Field is not because you must buy salvation, but because you must relinquish the world’s demands over you, your relations, and your possessions, and bring yourself (and them) under the Lordship of His kingdom.
Have you ever wondered why God usually removes people from their home, country and friends, before He uses them in His kingdom? Think about it with me for a minute. Abraham, God called to leave his family, home and country, and travel to a place where He would use him greatly. The naturally minded person would argue against the apparent absurdity of such a move, saying, “If God is God, He can do what He wants ANYWHERE. And Abraham doesn’t need to uproot his family and leave in order to serve God.” But what if the price of disassociation with the familiar, were necessary for the development of Abraham’s faith. Clinging to the familiar could be the reason why so many believers are weak in faith.
Consider Moses, of whom it was said, “He forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the Pharaoh, and endured as seeing Him Who is invisible.” Some people have to clear their eyes of the familiar and comfortable before they can see God.
What about King David, who was removed from his father’s house and then further driven even from the country of Israel, suffering separation from everything dear to him, before he took possession of his destiny as King of Israel.
Paul the Apostle came to Jesus and instantly became an outcast among his people, living for the next 14 years in separation, before he emerged as the great Apostle to the Gentiles, and author of most of the New Testament.
All the disciples left their homes and dreams to follow Jesus, and many even had their very names changed as they entered citizenship in a new Kingdom.
All these were people who “bought the Field” in order to possess the Treasure. Paul wrote in Philippians 3:8,
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ ”
As a Finder of the Treasure and purchaser of the Field, you may not be called upon to physically move from your familiar surroundings. But you, still the same, must sell all to purchase the Field. And that means that from the day you enter His Kingdom, your life activities, plans and possessions are the property of the Kingdom of God, for with them, you purchased the Field. That means that your business is now the business of the Kingdom of God and the interests of His Gospel must come first. That is a thought, with which you must sit down and contemplate the worth. But know this, that every sacrifice of your time, will, energy and substance, invested in favor of His will, cannot result in anything less than your blessing and His glory.
Stay On The Path!