By Ps. Mark Banyard
Jesus loved talking about the Kingdom of God. He told many parables about what it is like. In contrast, He only talked about the church twice, that is, in Matthew 16 and 18. It is surprising, but true. Jesus’ teaching centred around the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. After He was tempted by the devil, He came out of the wilderness and started His ministry by entering the synagogue preaching and teaching. His message was the Kingdom of God, and then He healed the sick, drove out demons and healed all diseases.
In Matthew 13:44 Jesus said “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. This man was on his way to somewhere, but along his way something was revealed to him. The mystery of God cannot be found unless God reveals it to you. Whether this man was purposely looking for treasure or not, I do not know. Probably, he stumbled upon it. He might have seen it with his natural eyes or in the spirit, but he found a treasure that was hidden. You know, there is something about treasure, it is always hidden. Why? Because it is valuable. The question is, who hid it there? In our case, it is God. He has hidden for us something of incredible value.
Did this man recognize its value? Certainly, because his eyes were opened, he had understanding. He looked over his shoulder hoping no one else had seen him and very quickly he hid the treasure again. Then he went home to sell everything he possessed in order to buy the field which had the treasure buried in it. What is ‘everything’ for you? For him he understood that what he found was more valuable than the total sum of all his worldly goods. Is that what you found in Christ? Is He so valuable that it is worth selling everything you have? I think there many Christians who have yet to come to that conclusion.
So this man sold everything that he had and bought not the treasure but the field. A treasure is not for sale, and even if you have all the money in the world you could not afford to buy it. Do we value what has been revealed to us and which now belongs to us because it has been revealed? This man wanted that treasure so badly that he gave up all his worldly goods just to own the field that the treasure was in so that it would belong to him.
If the treasure is the mystery of God in Christ revealed to us, then what is represented by the field which this man bought? It is the destiny and purpose of God for your life. I have many plans for my life – what I want to do, who I want to marry, where I want to study and so on. I am a Christian, so God please bless me because this is the plan for my life. That is not the field. That is you, still owning your stuff. The field is when you give up everything that you have and you buy the will of God.
Salvation is free, but the calling of God, the destiny and purpose of God in your life will require sacrifice. Often what causes us to struggle with selling everything is that we do not value the treasure that we have been given. The challenge to our heart is to value things that are spiritual rather than worldly, things that are eternal rather than temporal. I know we all have to live in a real world. We have need of clothes, food and education for our children. However, to walk in the fullness of your destiny and purpose of God is not about salvation because salvation is a free gift from God. But after that, it opens the door to the Kingdom of God on earth which requires you to buy the field, which is the will of God for your life. It is going to cost you something. It always does. The roads we walk on are lonely for those who have given up everything to follow Jesus.
Romans 12:1 Paul urged, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. How can we make this sacrifice that Paul is urging? How can we give up everything that we have in order to buy the will of God and the destiny and purpose of God for our lives? No one can do it unless they have a view of God’s mercy. It is only by having this perspective and an understanding of the true value of the treasure and the mystery revealed to you that you can make the kind of sacrifice that Paul is suggesting.
Finally, the question is what kind of sacrifice does the Lord require of you? It is the sacrifice of thanksgiving from your heart, that you are so thankful for what you have received that it is worth giving Him your whole life without holding anything back and saying, “Not my will but your will be done.” When you can give this kind of sacrifice in appreciation for what God has done for you, then God comes to the edge of heaven, looks down at you, cocks His ears to one side and says, “What’s that beautiful sound that I am hearing? Somebody down there is worshipping me.” There is no need for any musical instruments or singers, but a true spiritual worship of you coming to Him in thanksgiving and saying, “Here is my life,” and hearing God say, “I am pleased with you.”
God has revealed to us a treasure that has been hidden for ages. But now through Christ, it has not only been revealed but now belongs to us. It is of such great value that no worldly payment could possibly be brought together to buy it. It is not about selling all we have to buy it, but rather giving up what we have in order to get something that is far better. God today has revealed to us in Christ, mysteries that now are no longer mysteries, but are life, light, joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Ghost.