Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to live the Christian life? First of all, it is not difficult for you to live the Christian life, it is impossible. It must be Christ living HIS life through you. We must believe that first of all.
Some years ago a man in California was awarded a large settlement from the Los Angeles Police Department as someone video- taped the police working him over during an arrest. But sad to say, in a matter of months, he was broke again and in jail for drug and alcohol abuse. He did not know how to live life or how to manage money.
God has established a way for us to follow to be able to live a successful Christian life, but this way is based upon the clear teaching of scripture and not man’s opinion and philosophy. Listen to the heart of God our Father as He explains an important part of this truth to us.
Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Picture in this story the plowman out working in the field. Feel the hot sun bearing down upon him and the sweat rolling off of his brow. He grips the handles on the plow and presses on to the end of the field as he has done so many times before. When suddenly the plow strikes something solid, he thinks to himself, another rock. As he begins to clear the dirt away somehow things are different this time. His heart begins to beat faster as he sees the outline of a beautiful treasure chest. People did not use banks in those days and there were times that people were driven off their land by invaders and they left their treasure behind. Could it be that he has found a treasure. He opens the lid and it is filled with all manner of gold, silver and precious jewels. He rejoices and then buries it back. He must buy this field. He must take ownership. He will sell everything that he has to make this field his own. Exciting story is it not? Who of us would not like the opportunity to find buried treasure? But this same thought is told again in the next parable.
Matthew 13:45-46 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Here is a business man who knows pearls and he spends time searching out valuable pearls. And when he finds one pearl of great price, He too sells all that he had to buy this one precious pearl. What is the price? It does not matter. He would whatever price to gain the pearl. How is the Kingdom of heaven like a hidden treasure in a field and how is the kingdom of heaven like a pearl of great price?
If God is to mean everything to me, then I must first understand that I am everything to God. For in these two parables, we are the Treasure.
Exodus 19:5 “… ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
The Lord Jesus Christ is the plowman and the merchant man who says: for joy sold all that he had to buy that peculiar treasure.
He, the Lord Jesus Christ, was clothed in light, and enjoyed his existence in the middle of the worship of heaven. But he saw the treasure, the pearl of great price, HE laid aside his regal robe of righteousness and was born a man.
He enrolled early to the University of Adversity as HE was hunted from his birth; He was kept hidden until John the Baptist came on the scene and the Father said “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” His own people mocked him – He sold his exalted position in heaven. His own disciples forsook him – He sold his authority to reign. He was beaten without mercy – He sold his Omnipotent power for the opportunity to bear in his body stripes from the cat of nine tails. He was crucified – He sold noble majesty to bear in HIS body our sins.
He was wound for our transgressions, but there was not a price to great to be paid for you. For you are the treasure that the plowman desired and you are the treasure that the merchant was willing to give all that he might obtain. We will seek first the Kingdom of God only after we realize in our hearts that it was HE who first sought us out.
1John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Beloved how often do we allow our mind wanders to the empty wicked life that we have lived and say, he could not have done this for me. How could I be a pearl of great price? An oyster ingests a grain of sand and begins to form around that grain of sand a pearl of great price. The Lord is well aware of the wounds, the sorrows, the sufferings and failures of our lives and he uses them to make a pearl. We become that pearl of great price that HE purchases.
Is it now not easier to surrender the lesser pearls of our pleasures, our plans, our priorities, of our popularity? Beloved, I say to you when we realize that we are the great treasure found in the field and the pearl of great price the surrender is much easier.
As we learn to surrender our will, we gain HIM.