By Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 12:44).
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).
These verses tell us of two of Jesus parables referred to as the parable of the Hidden treasure and the Pearl of Great Price. These parables teach us lessons about the value of the kingdom of heaven which is the church of Christ. Jesus says it is the “kingdom of heaven” because the church came from heaven, and one day it will return to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:24).
Notice, the first of these parables speak of an “accidental finding,” while the second indicates an “intentional finding.” But in both parables when the treasure is found he is willing to give all he has in order to possess it.
But what about spiritual treasure? These parables teach us of the unsurpassed value of the church of Jesus Christ. We must be willing to give up everything necessary (sin, habits, fame, friends, family, fortune, etc.) too enjoy the blessings of the church Jesus purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28).
Jesus said, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Matthew 16:26)?
We must deny ourselves, and take up our cross and follow Jesus. A song states:
“Men strive for the wealth of this wide, wicked world,
They seek after honor and fame;
So lavishly sporting their diamonds and pearls,
They put the dear Savior to shame.
I’d rather live in Heaven, Than to own all of earth’s silver and gold.
I’d rather have Jesus than the diamonds of a palace to hold,
I’d rather be a beggar and live in a little shack by the road.
Than to own all earth’s treasures with no title to a future abode.”
- Luther G. Presley (1935)