The following is an excerpt by David Platt. To read the full article click on the link: Why RISK Is Right.
In Matthew 13:44 Jesus tells his disciples, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
I love this picture. Imagine walking in a field and stumbling upon a treasure that is more valuable than anything else you could work for or find in this life. It is more valuable than all you have now or will ever have in the future.
You look around and notice that no one else realizes the treasure is here, so you cover it up quickly and walk away, pretending you haven’t seen anything. You go into town and begin to sell off all your possessions to have enough money to buy that field. The world thinks you’re crazy.
“What are you thinking?” your friends and family ask you.
You tell them, “I’m buying that field over there.”
They look at you in disbelief. “That’s foolish,” they say. “Why are you giving away everything you have to buy that field?”
You respond, “I have a hunch,” and you smile to yourself as you walk away.
You smile because you know that in the end any risk that others perceive is nothing compared to the reward you will receive. So with joy — with joy! — you sell it all. Why? Because you have found something worth losing everything else for.
This is the picture of Jesus in the gospel. He is something — someone — worth losing everything for.
When we really believe this, then risking everything we are and everything we have to know and obey Christ is no longer a matter of sacrifice. It’s just common sense. To let go of the pursuits, possessions, pleasures, safety and security of this world in order to follow Jesus wherever he leads, no matter what it costs, is not sacrificial as much as it is smart.
To read the full article by David Platt click on the link: Why RISK Is Right.
Treasures are indeed hidden! If they are not hidden, they must not be worth anything. So it is with the Word of the Almighty.
There are four levels of understanding in the Scriptures. The Scriptures reveal to us that these four levels of understanding are as follows: the Peshat (the plain meaning of the scriptures), the Remez (hints of deeper meanings in a scriptural passage), the Drash (the word/concept found in other places of the scriptures), and the Sod, pronounced “sode”, the highest level of interpretation of scripture (the mystery of God/Elohim [Job 15:8; Proverbs 3:32; Amos 3:7; 1 Corinthians 15:51]).
God is running to convey to us that we must uncover His treasure, buy the field whilst we can, for you are running out of time.
Isa 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters, and he who has no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
2Ti 2:15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.
Now is the time to sell it all!!!!
“…uncover His treasure, buy the field whilst we can, for you are running out of time.”
Great comment Irene. Life is short, eternity is long, now is the time to buy that field!
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