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Have you ever lost something valuable? I lost my wedding ring once. I never found it, even though I searched for it. I think someone else spotted it and pocketed it. My experience was very different than a man in Northern Ireland. He lost his wedding ring, too. So, he asked a friend to bring a metal detector to the place the ring was lost. They started searching and the detector started beeping. But they didn’t find the ring. They dug down and found a gold coin. Then they found another, then another. Eventually they uncovered 84 gold coins! Some dated from the 1500’s! Imagine their excitement! Their treasure was later estimated to be worth £100,000.*
Fun, right? Keep that in mind as you hear Matthew 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (NIV)
This parable tells us two things. First, finding the kingdom of heaven is exciting. Imagine the excitement of finding buried treasure. Finding forgiveness in Jesus gives great joy. Second, the kingdom of heaven is the highest priority. In the parable, the man sold all he had to buy the field and treasure. Likewise, Jesus’ kingdom is worth all we have in order to be in it. Take a moment to appreciate the treasure of following Jesus.
*Emma Kumer, “10 Valuable Items People Have Found by Accident,” Reader’s Digest, updated October 29, 2020, https://www.rd.com/list/valuable-items-people-found-by-accident/.
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