The Kingdom of the heavens is like a treasure, hidden in the field… Again the Kingdom of the heavens is like a traveling merchant seeking fine pearls. This is taken from Matthew 13:44, 45.
In these two parables, Jesus showed that the truth is found in different ways. Some people are searching for it and have gone to great lengths to find it. Others, although not searching for it, have found it–perhaps by having it brought to them. Whatever the case, each man recognized the value of what he had found and was willing to make huge sacrifices to get ahold of it. How can we benefit from these two illustrations? Matthew 6:19-21 tells us: “”Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Ask yourself: ‘Do I have the attitude that these men had? Do I treasure the truth in a similar way? Am I willing to make sacrifices to get ahold of it, or do I allow other things to distract me from it?’ Matthew 6:22-24, 33 tells us: “”The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is! “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches. “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” Luke 5:27, 28 tells us: “Now after this, he went out and saw a tax collector named Le’vi sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: “Be my follower.” And leaving everything behind, he rose up and began to follow him.” Philippians 3:8 tells us: “What is more, I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ” The deeper our heartfelt joy about finding the truth, the stronger our determination to keep it first in our life will be.