Do you have something or someone valuable to you? I don’t mean a car or a house, but something of true value? It could be something small and simple, like an old coin. If it’s a person, then it’s a person or people who give you the strength and encouragement in dire straits. These are the things we should hold onto to when we face difficult and possibly impossible circumstances.
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
This parable, one of many told by Jesus in this chapter, speaks of someone who gave up everything for a hidden treasure, the kingdom of heaven. He valued that treasure so much, he gave up everything he had for it and made his livelihood working, because at the time buying a field meant your job was to work that field, cultivating and caring for that field.
I have done my best to cultivate my relationship with the Lord. And I will admit, there have been times where I failed. I make no qualms about admitting my own failures and they happen to be with regard to interpersonal relations. But I have found things and people that I treasure, not above my relationship with Him, but that I do work on caring for and cultivating. However, my relationship with Him is what I do my best to cultivate the most. And here’s the reason why, He loves me unconditionally, and if you read some of His interactions with the disciples, He had trouble with interpersonal relations as well.
Please hear my heart, I am not saying I am Jesus nor God, but I am saying that I identify with Him and can kind of understand His frustrations at times in His earthly ministry. There was a time when His disciples, after He came down from a mountain, couldn’t case a demon out of a little girl and He asked how long would He have to deal with them. It wasn’t the people He was speaking about, it was their lack of faith.
So what hidden treasure have you found in your life? Whom has the Lord blessed you with? And what are you willing to give up in order to cultivate that field with? Is it everything? Think about that, are you willing to give up everything to cultivate a relationship with the earthly hidden treasures God has given you? Cultivating your relationship with Him is most important, then comes everything else.