The Light Washed Path

Living In The Field

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.

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This simple explanation of the Kingdom of God reminds us that Jesus never presented Himself as a “fixer” of our world. But rather, He preached the Kingdom of God. He didn’t really present Himself as some kind of divine additive, that mixed into the problems of our troubled life, would make things right. Instead, Jesus’ message was an invitation to be born anew as a citizen into His Kingdom. The entrance fee would cost your former life, and He would pay the debt if you would accept His terms. In His Kingdom you would live within His Constitution, which is the Gospel. That’s what purchasing the Field is. It’s relocating to His kingdom and living by the Gospel, the constitution of His kingdom.

Though Jesus did not offer Himself as a way to make things right in the kingdom of this world, yet as a citizen under His constitution, you are super blessed and well provided for.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matt. 6:33

Far too many Christians are straining under frustration, trying to get prayers answered, confused by seeming failure, and ultimately wondering why the promises of the Gospel don’t seem to be coming through for them. But consider that our whole concept of Christ’s offer to the world, has been presented as a “just accept Jesus” solution, that added to your life, will make things right. Nothing could be more misleading. The misunderstanding isn’t that Jesus won’t make things right. It’s that He can just be added to your life and poof you’re blessed. The real message of the Gospel indeed, has all the vast promises of blessing, far beyond what we have begun to access. The problem is that the church has stripped Jesus from the Field, and offered Him as a divine additive to your life, rather than offering you the Kingdom of God, through Jesus.  Jesus tells us to go preach the Kingdom of God. Preaching Christ was understood as the way of presenting the Kingdom of God. For the early Christians, preaching Christ was preaching the Kingdom.

To explain this in the simplest terms, we would say that…: you can’t live for Jesus, doing it in your old life.  You must live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.  Put even more simply: relocate to relate. When you relocate your life to the Field and live for the interests of Jesus’ kingdom, then you’ll be able to relate to Him. Then He’ll be evident to you and His blessings will come easily.  But the world is angry, disappointed and disillusioned with Jesus, because they don’t see the fulfillment of His claims. He’s not evident to them. Because just as it was 2000 years ago, they reject His Kingdom, yet expect Him to be a Savior to theirs. Yet the explanation of the Kingdom, in Mt 13:44, makes clear that it is precisely the Kingdom and rule of God, through which Jesus is being offered to us. He’s not being offered apart from the Gospel, but through the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus is designed to help you embrace the Kingdom and rule of God. When you have found Him as your Treasure, you will buy the field and relocate your citizenship under His kingdom. No wonder Jesus said,

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

In His kingdom, there is no betrayal, sickness or oppression; but righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Spirit.  In His kingdom, all things He has said are possible for you. When you buy the Field, you’ve bought your happiness. In the kingdoms of this world, happiness depends upon happenings. But in the kingdom of God, happiness is within you.

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