My uncle used to carry around a metal detector everywhere he went. I can remember him pulling it out of his truck at the oddest times and begin to move it across the ground. With a beep, he would point and say ‘dig there’ and I would dig to find a treasure…a piece of scrap metal or maybe an old penny.
Each of us invest some energy into treasure hunting. We hunt for the perfect shoes (not me), the perfect vacation, the perfect bed to sleep in…and much more. When we find a treasure we are pleased…at least temporarily. Most of our earthly treasures are short-lived and just serve to fuel the fire for the next ‘hunt’. They may even expand our appetite. For instance, a person who finally catches that 5 pound bass may not be satisfied for long and then begin to pursue the catching of a 10 pounder.
As Jesus taught what the Kingdom of God/Heaven was like, He spoke this illustration to us:
Matthew 13: 44 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
Unlike worldly treasure, Jesus tells us that gaining the Kingdom is different. Once we discover it we will be willing to ‘sell everything’ to keep it. There will be nothing of a higher value. Back to yesterday’s truth, when Jesus tells us about the Kingdom, He is telling us about the Christian life. When we discover who Christ is and what He has done for us then everything else pales in comparison. We are willing to lay down all pursuits to pursue Him. Once we catch the Kingdom there is nothing bigger to fish or hunt for...
A faithful missionary is quoted as saying ‘He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose’. Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is forever and that once we gain Him He will not lose us (John 6:37-39).
God’s Kingdom is of immeasurable value. I would do anything to attain it. However, God didn’t ask for anything. He gave a specific ‘Way’ for us to attain the Kingdom once we discover it. We come only through one Door…the door of faith in Jesus Christ. That means we lay down any other faith and any other pursuit and place full faith in the Risen Jesus to bring us into God’s Kingdom.
I don’t recall my uncle and I finding many things of value. There was always a ‘next thing’ or a ‘new area’ for search. It was a hobby that took valuable time. Unlike a hobbyist treasure-hunter we can be Kingdom-Treasure-Hunters. Once we become that kind of a hunter we will find the thing of greatest value! Entering The Kingdom is not a side venture or an accident. It isn’t a small thing. It is the ultimate treasure of life. Happy hunting!