Blessed… Buried Treasure

 

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44, Common English Bible).

To the modern ear the parable of the treasure in the field sounds a bit strange. In this time when mineral rights are often retained by sellers or sold outside the property itself this story would actually happening would be highly unlikely. Additionally, there would be ethical concerns as well. Finding someone else’s treasure and buying the field to have it for yourself instead of telling the owner? Questionable at best.

Things were different in the Biblical era. It was not uncommon for people to bury their treasure, particularly during times of war. Then, as sometimes happens, even today, the person might have been killed or taken prisoner and made a slave. It was not uncommon to find people searching among the ruins after a battle, searching for treasure. If they found something, they were quick to stake a claim, much like someone might have done during the gold rush days.

The whole point of the parable is, that the kingdom is like the treasure itself. When we find the treasure, we should be willing to sacrifice all we have, all we are, in order to have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.

When I think about this parable I look at it in light of Jesus’ conversation with the rich young man (Matthew 19:16-22). This is exactly what Jesus was telling the rich young man. First, when the young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ response, live by the law. The young man said he had done this since he was a boy. Jesus then tells him to go sell all he has, give the money to the poor and come and follow him. The rich young man went away sad as he was unwilling to part with his stuff in order to have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.

The same was as true today as it was back then. How many of us would be willing to sell all we have in order to have the Kingdom of God? I fear the number is small. For way too many in our society, the idea is to accumulate more, not to give away what we already have. In our society, we have no answer to the question, “How much is enough?” When the focus is on more for me instead of helping the poor, we miss the boat.

We have much. The treasure is available. The question for each of us is, are we willing to sell it to buy the treasure?

What are you willing to give up, to get the the Kingdom of God?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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