Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Hidden Treasure (Pages 89-90)
Matthew 13: 44 (nasb) says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”
I believe that this verse is symbolic of how in order to see the kingdom of heaven we must give up all that we know in our earthly lives and seek first the kingdom of God. This means putting away all former ways of living into a new heavenly state of being. In our world today this quite possibly requires giving up all that we formerly understood, believed, and possessed in order to find our new life with Christ. I believe that in reference to the phrase “selling all that he has,” Jesus is telling us to seek Him. What if that required quitting your job to find the Kingdom of God? Would you be willing? Then the question becomes: “What shall I do with this knowledge?” The rewards here on earth are only temporary. However, the rewards in Heaven are Eternal.
To me this demands restructuring many relationships and figuring out who sincerely desires for you to excel to your full potential. This has always been a question in my mind… As I have attempted to seek God first, I feel that I have been judged by many. I know that many have looked upon this as being “crazy,” but I can tell you that this is the only way to find Christ. We must at some point, preferably sooner than later, acknowledge that our level of spiritual maturity should be our number one priority. This level of maturity I am speaking about is a fortress and a defense against the masses of people who either knowingly or unknowingly attempt to bring you down.
The realization here when I say knowingly and unknowingly is that Satan can use those who are without Christ to deceive, confuse, and to bring down others. Satan’s sole objective is to have us not seek God. He only wants to destroy the everlasting truth. I believe that Satan will at all costs attempt to keep prophecy from being fulfilled for as long as he can with the little power that he has while here on earth. This little power for someone who is not in a personal relationship with God can appear to be very powerful. But when you come to know the absolute power of God and attain the supernatural power, which only comes through the Holy Spirit, then you will know that Satan does not stand a chance. His gift is that of deceit and illusion. Know that by seeking God we are able to recognize him and to stand firmly against him.
I want to reiterate the importance of living in the spirit and seeking God first in order to see the kingdom of heaven. If someone is without God and earthy, then they are an open target for Satan to use in order to confuse or attempt to manipulate the situation into his/her control (You see, that is Exactly what Jesus was up against…that Entity…) We must be aware of this! I can say that I have seen people controlled by Satan, and more than likely not at their own will. This is why it is of dire importance that we seek to live in a heavenly state.
To give it all up in order for a chance to see the kingdom of heaven is what I have come to know. It is not easy by any means, but the rewards are Eternal.