Hidden Treasures And God’s Kingdom
Have you ever been to a flea market and looked at something that you thought might have been a piece of junk but learned later that it was worth a ton of money? It was a treasure hidden in plain sight with hundreds or thousands of people walking right by it every day not knowing it’s value. That is how God values us. He sees things about us that we don’t even see that are of value but are yet to be revealed. The treasure of heaven is also this way, hidden in plain sight. And so is Jesus, God almighty, creator of heaven and the earth and all things in it, the One who can break every chain, cure every disease, heal every broken heart, heal every sickness, turn darkness into light, and bring life where there is death. And he gave us the Holy Spirit which is God in us. And as heirs to the throne we have eternal life in God’s kingdom which is in heaven. How glorious it is to know the truth and the Way!
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“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
I love this verse because it makes me think of the process of maturing in faith and deepening our relationship with God, until our hearts we finally go “all-in” and God truly becomes our guiding light. Our hearts and minds are truly transformed and we look to him for wisdom in how to deal with things at home, in our family relationships, in our relationships with our significant others, with decisions at work, with financial decisions, with health decisions, or with anything that we are facing. We look to Him for everything, reaching a whole new level of faith.
We don’t stumble upon this level of maturity. It comes from commitment. When I first made the decision to start attending church regularly, or even when I accepted Christ into my heart and surrendered to God for the first time, I really was nowhere near this level of faith. Putting God first in everything only came when I committed at a deeper level to reading His Word and growing in understanding of the Word of God. This is when we God started revealing himself to me daily, and in His own Way. And in this way we can grow in relationship with God and learn that we can trust in Him and Him alone.
The path to spiritual maturity is ongoing, a lifetime journey really. And as we go through this great adventure we can rest assured that the landscape always changes, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Sometimes parts of the journey are like cruising along soft sandy beaches, and there are other times when we are scorching in the heat of the desert. But in all cases, we can know that God is with us whether we choose to see Him or not, in the good times and the bad, and anywhere in between.
Life is so precious, and it just gets better the closer we get to God. Let us understand the treasures that are hidden in the field, in plain sight, and invest all that we have into it as we sell everything that we have and commit our ways unto the Lord for the rest of our lives. Let us seek His ultimate wisdom, peace, and goodness now and until it is our time to return to our heavenly home. I call you blessed.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this morning. The birds are chirping, the ceiling fan is turning, and a cool breeze covers and comforts me. The rest of the world is starting to wake, at least in the flesh. Let your Word stir the hearts of many today, and awaken a new Spirit within your believers. Help us to walk in Your Presence, with the power of the Holy Spirit which is God in us. Let us not lean on our own understanding, but on Your Word, and on you alone. Fill us with your goodness, and help us to love everyone who comes across our path today. Refresh us throughout the day, and help us to stay close to you. Keep us from temptation Lord, and deliver us from evil. Be with all who are struggling Lord, bring them rest and peace. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Samuel 1; Psalm 140; Matthew 13
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” – Proverbs 3:5
- “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:20