That title could have been “FINDING THE TREASURE,” but it is very true that we each treasure different things in varying degrees. There is a saying that ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.’ This confirms that we each have our own set of values.
Jesus “left the crowds and went into the house” to present parables to “His disciples” (Matthew 14:36, 44-46). Here are two of these parables: ““The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
A parable is like a very short story with a hidden meaning, but contains truth that we must put alongside our lives in order to learn from them. In these two parables, there was “a man” who searched and found a treasure and fine pearls. The value of this treasure and these fine pearls are so great that it is worth giving up what he had to gain what is of extreme value. The ultimate picture in this parable is Jesus Himself. He “emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). “Jesus…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2). He saw BEYOND our sinful condition to the treasure he would have through redeeming us by His suffering to gain the Church.
The question for us is whether we have a value system based on what God values, and with clear intention and passion, we put aside (sell) things of far lesser value in order to gain what is eternal.
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