Reading: Matthew 13: 44-52
Verses 44 and 46: Then in his joy… he sold all he had… he sold everything…
In our first two parables today, the ‘man’ in each comes into contact with something of great worth and both joyfully sell all they own to acquire what they have found. The meaning for us relates to the value of the kingdom of God. Once we come into contact with God’s kingdom we too are willing to give anything or everything to possess it. The discovery process can vary. One man happened upon it while the other was searching. So it is with our faith journeys. Some people are born into a family of faith, some happen into faith as God powerfully acts in their lives, and others come to a place in life that leads them to actively seek God.
The third parable today is another reminder of why we should seek the kingdom of God. At the end of the age we will all be drawn into the symbolic net. All people will be judged by God. Some will be deemed ‘good’ and go on to eternal glory in God’s presence. Others will be deemed ‘bad’ and will be condemned to eternal punishment. Some will be ‘collected’ and others will be ‘thrown away’.
No matter how or why we come to be a part of God’s kingdom, to be a part of God’s kingdom is of great value. The value is both temporal and eternal. In the temporal, as we live in relationship with God and Jesus, we find strength and comfort, peace and joy, contentment and blessing, mercy and forgiveness, and so much more. In the eternal we have our hope. When all things are made new then there will be no pain or tears or sadness or need. We will dwell in God’s new kingdom and live forever in His light and love, realizing the great value of being part of the kingdom of God.
After telling these three parables, Jesus asks them if they have “understood these things”. After an affirmative answer, Jesus tells them that now they are “like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old”. Just as the disciples were ‘owners’ so too are we. These parables and the whole Bible that we can read fill our storehouse. The parables and teachings in the Bible are the things of great worth. As we read and reflect on the Word, we continue to ponder the pearls and also to discover the hidden treasures as the living Word continues to speak into our lives. As we continue on our journey of faith, may we continue to be in the Word so that we may ever grow in the knowledge and love of God.