Matthew 13:44 (www.apostolicbible.com)
Jesus likens the Kingdom of the Heavens to treasure that has been hidden within an otherwise ordinary field of grass, a vacant lot. I have a couple of acres that I bought next to my rental house a few years ago thinking it was a good investment. During this time of year, every 2 weeks I have to load up my ride-on lawnmower and spend an afternoon on my day off mowing that field to keep the city inspectors off my back. (If I let it go beyond the 2 weeks, the grass grows so tall it becomes a frustrating all-day job, or worse). How I wish there were some hidden treasure out there! I am so sick of mowing that field! When will I ever find a buyer who will take it off my hands who won't do something crazy with it to destroy my home's value?
Do you have a field out there some where? Why not?
"Its just a lot of work without any profit and I've got better things to do on my days off," most of us say, right?
Interesting that Jesus likens the Kingdom of the Heavens to treasure that has been hidden in such a vacant lot. Two people can be standing there and looking at that same vacant lot.
One of them, a little more informed than the other, is anxiously thinking, "Oh God how can I get the rights to that treasure in that field before anyone else?"
The other person is just thinking, "What a hassle! Who wants to do yard work for the rest of his life, and for what?"
And so, one person sees hidden treasure but the other just sees a lot of yardwork, a vacant lot. And such is the Kingdom of the Heavens: one person sees in the Gospel riches beyond imagination while another person just sees one more set of meaningless do's & don'ts. One, like Jacob will do everything in his power to obtain the Blessing while another, like Esau, wouldn't give beans for it. And where is Esau today?
Remember the 1960's TV show, "The Beverly Hillbillies"? You know, "This is a story 'bout a man named Jed, ..., Texas tea, black gold ..., etc." Its a story about a hillbilly family, (American, ignorant, subsistence-level farmers), who discover on their land the hidden treasure of oil; a major petroleum reserve. After generations of living in poverty, looking upon their family lands as mere fields for rabbit hunting, the treasure hidden below is discovered and radically changes their lives. Lucky for them no one found the treasure first and tricked them into selling the land cheap.
Don't let the unbelievers' perspective trick you into selling out cheap. Don't let the World delude you into looking at the Christian Life as a rewardless set of do's & don'ts. Let's dig a little into the Word of God and find the hidden treasures that make it all worthwhile - exceedingly worth it.
Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane (worldly) person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.