Today’s verse:

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.

Matthew 13:44

I talk to my kids in the youth group fairly often about worldly treasure vs. heavenly treasure. The concept is pretty hard to grasp at that age when things seem so important. Let’s be real, it’s hard to grasp at any age!

One time specifically we were talking about when Jesus called to Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew to drop their nets and follow him (Matthew 4:18-20). I asked the kids if they could imagine doing such a thing and all of them said absolutely not.

I get that, it’s hard. I don’t really want to give up my stuff either; especially things I have bought with hard work (like my bed and my car).

However, if we are not willing to give up these things we may very well be missing something great. They say pictures speak a thousand words, so I’m going to drop this right here:

Image result for jesus and little girl with teddy bear

I think a lot of us are afraid to lose things. We are afraid that we will be left without because we have seen others who have been left with little/less. But have you ever noticed that those with less material and more God have a different sense of joy? As The Notorious B.I.G. said (you like that reference?), “I don’t know what they want from me. It’s like the more money we come across the more problems we see.”

Anyway, it’s hard to break that thought process. We find a lot of security in finances–I know I do. Yet, if we are willing to trust God enough He has something so much greater planned! Look at Matthew 6:25-34 for more clarification on that. I’m not selling you the prosperous Gospel that says believing in Jesus will get you rich, because I don’t know what God’s plan is for you. I am telling you that you will be abundant in the way God wants you to be abundant in. This abundance can come in many forms: love, nourishment, joy, friendship, family, money, food, generosity, hope, etc.

So this morning I would like you to reflect on this verse and ask yourself: am I willing to sell my everything in order to get the treasures of the kingdom?