“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)
“Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.” (Psalms 43:4)
“6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth-
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)
1. What exactly is this “treasure” mentioned in Matthew 13:44?
This treasure is not just the splendor and decadence of the kingdom of heaven; this treasure is the King Himself. Psalms 43:4 tells us that God is our joy and our delight.
2. How will we feel when we have found this great treasure?
Mat 13:44 tells us that we will be joyful and delighted.
3. What will this joy compel us to do?
Matthew 13:44 tells us that when the man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
This joy compels us to sell our vain worldly pursuits and possessions. Selling all that we possess, in the most ultimate sense, means selling ourselves. We sell everything, including the ownership of our life to God. We are slaves to God (Rom 6:22), slaves to righteousness (Rom 6:18), slaves to His divine purpose for our life.
In short, this joy compels us to give up ownership of our lives to God for His will to be done in our lives.
4. What is God’s will for our life?
Isaiah 43:7 tells us that we were created for His glory. Therefore God’s will for our life is to glorify Him.
Having found this joy, we live for God, not for self.
Pastor John Piper once wrote, “The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves. And each of these rare and precious moments in life—beside the Canyon, before the Alps, under the stars— is an echo (or shadow) of a far greater excellence, namely, the glory of God.
Life is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about Himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful… But the point is not to nullify us but to glorify Him.
5. What should our response be?
If we have found this treasure and experienced this joy, we should live radically purposeful lives for the Lord. Whatever we pursue now, we need to pursue it with the intent of glorifying God and making Him known to the world. Pray for a divine appointment here in RJ, upon graduation, at work in future and throughout every season of your life.
- Pray for God to show you what are the things in your life that you refuse to sell or tear yourself away from. What are the things that hold you back and what are the things that you refuse to give up.
- Pray for God to open your eyes to see the glory and worth of the Kingdom of Heaven, so that you may count everything in this world (worldly prestige, praises of man, vain ambitions etc) worthless against His surpassing worth.
- Pray for God to give you a divine appointment here in RJ, so as to glorify Him and make Him known to the rest of the world.