To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ,
What are you willing to pay?
To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ (and for all those looking for something of true value),
There was a man once whose neighbors, friends, and family thought he was crazy. He came home one day and began doing strange and uncommon things. He was normally a rational, hard-working, down-to-earth kind of guy. In fact, he was a tenant farmer and worked long days on the land earning an honest living for his family and providing food for his community. But one day he came home and told his wife, “we’re selling everything. Start packing!” After much heated debate, she yielded and went about helping her husband sell everything.
After everyone was convinced that he had gone mad and the farmer and his wife sold everything they had, they further surprised everyone by buying the piece of land that he had been working as a tenant farmer. Shortly thereafter, the fortunes of the farmer and his wife seemed to have suddenly changed for the better, in a big way. It turns out that while working on the land, he had discovered a chest of buried treasure, which was apparently unknown to anyone else.
Having calculated the value of the treasure, the farmer immediately began to do everything he could to purchase the property but without telling anyone what was going on, lest the owner should discover his true motive. Thus the apparently mad actions were actually a carefully calculated course of action to obtain a priceless treasure. Now the actions totally make sense.
Jesus is the one who originally told us this story and tells us that this is a parable of the Kingdom of God.
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
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.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Jesus said that the Kingdom is the buried treasure or the pearl of great value that is worth selling (giving up) everything to obtain – to get ahold of, to learn about, to truly enter into. Is that the way you see it? Do you value the Kingdom that much? If so, what would be willing to pay – give up or actually pay to have?
If the Kingdom of God is truly the greatest treasure and the ultimate reality then what is it worth and how should we prioritize it (give it value)? Jesus also answers this for us when He said, “But seek first His kingdom and H righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The Kingdom deserves our very best and even the sacrifice of other things that some may feel are essential to life. Here are the words of someone who demonstrated that himself.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
― Jim Elliot
Jim died while trying to bring the message of the Gospel to cannibal Indian tribes in South America. He valued the spread of the Gospel more than his own life. He “sold” everything he had to buy the Pearl of Great Value.
What would you be willing to pay? The world wants to know.
For the sake of the world and the glory of God,
Saturdays At Camp Hope Winter Shelter – 8:30am
We are moving to the Camp Hope Winter Shelter Conference Room to meet every Saturday, 1702 Englewood Avenue, 98902 from 8:30 – 10:00am.
Please call or text Dennis Crane, 509.910.7772, if you have any questions.
Please invite others to come that share their desire for Transformation in the Yakima Valley.