Monday Morning Coffee Break – Life With Jesus
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
Whatever It Takes
Signs begin to pop up all over the neighborhood. “Estate Sale” they read. Following the myriad of handwritten placards you arrive at a home crowded with buyers eagerly buying all the man has. It is incredible. This is a yard sale you have never seen before. The homeowner is literally selling everything he has. All his furniture, his cars, his home, his collection of Elvis dolls, musical instruments, books, kitchen utensils, tools, zero-turn lawnmower, clothes, appliances, dog, computers, iPhone, iPads, boat, golf cart, golf clubs – everything. As the day winds down and the dust settles nothing is left to sell. The man is nowhere to be seen. Asking the neighbors where the man has gone they describe what happened. He comes home that day, puts everything up for sale and then rushes off to an unknown place. People are bewildered.
In another part of town the disappearing neighbor is signing the final papers on five acres of scrub land. The agent is unsure why the man wants such a seemingly worthless piece of property. Finalizing the deal the man rushes out to his newly prized land. Carefully digging he reveals the treasure he found earlier rejoicing he has gained such a wonderful blessing. In another city a man has done the same thing. Suddenly coming home, he sells all that he has to buy a pearl of exquisite beauty. Everyone that knows these men are puzzled. What possessed them to sell everything? It is one thing to buy a piece of land or maybe a piece of jewelry but why give everything they have away to gain one thing? It makes no sense.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is priceless. It was bought with the blood of the perfect Son of God. He left the ivory palaces of eternal grandeur to dwell in a world filled with hatred and rebellion. Jesus suffered as no man has ever suffered so that I may not suffer. My salvation costs Him His life. My redemption was paid by His vehement cries of pain. Any hope that I have came from that day at Golgotha when the man from Nazareth was crucified. There is nothing I have that can compare to what Jesus did for me. When I come to understand how priceless and precious the love of God is seen in the portrait of my Savior on a bloody cross then I will know why I must do everything I can to embrace that sacrifice.
Jesus taught in parables to drive home the heavenly truths of His Father. If I am not willing to do everything I have to do to possess salvation then my life is of little value. The men in the parables sold all they had. Not a portion. Not a part. All. Whatever it took. Nothing would keep them away from possessing the most precious treasure in their life. Until I come to that sacrifice the field will never be bought or the gift of God’s love embraced. All. I must give all. Am I willing to do that? Jesus did.
No man can fail of the benefits of Christ’s salvation, but through an unwillingness to have it. (William Law, The Spirit of Prayer, 1749)