It’s Worth It All

Parables of Jesus for the Modern Pilgrim

Matthew 13:44-46

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

A man discovers hidden treasure in a field – someone else’s field. He knows the value of what he’s found. Does the current owner know what’s there? Why is it hidden?

The man immediately hides it again, sells all that he has and buys the field.

The Parable of the Pearl

A merchant is “on the lookout for choice pearls.” When he finds it, he sells everything to buy it.

These are very simple stories. The best parables tell only one or two truths. Let’s dig in to find them.

Lessons for the Modern Pilgrim

Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven. Here are two nuggets of treasure:

  • The Kingdom has hidden components that must be sought. In contrast to the parable of the farmer scattering seed, the man and the merchant are searching for the valuable treasure. They are seeking it out. Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

God is the owner of the field. He knows the value of the Kingdom. He also knows that we will value what we search for. There is something about a discovery that ignites the soul.

Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” The urgency of our seeking reveals our intention. Putting effort into the search gives us a bit of “skin in the game.” We’re invested.

  • The Kingdom has a value that is worth all that we have. In both examples, the seeker sold EVERYTHING in order to obtain what they found. There is a sense that they have stumbled upon something that others had overlooked. They grab it up as fast as they can. They won’t let this one get away. That is the value of the Kingdom. Nothing compares to it, nothing is worth holding onto alongside it.

Earlier in Matthew 13, Jesus reminds the disciples that not everyone will “get it.” You have to be actively seeking. Jesus also said that the gate into the Kingdom is narrow and few find it. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Do we recognize the value of the Kingdom?

To be honest, I lose sight of it.

I am reminded of its preciousness when I see the commitment of Jesus followers in areas that are hostile to the gospel. The persecuted church knows the value of the Kingdom. Believers are risking their lives – everything they own – to find the pearl of great price.

If we want more – and there’s always more to the Kingdom – what are we willing to “sell” from our lives to obtain it?

  • Time?
  • Resources?
  • Limiting beliefs?

Jesus’ words from Matthew 13:16-17 are still ringing in my ears,

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

These parables invite us to find the deeper things of the Kingdom. The seed that is scattered is just the beginning. There are endless treasures to be found. Get radical, be fanatical. Let’s find the hidden things of God.

It’s worth everything we have.