So if the kingdom of Heaven is so valuable, why doesn’t everybody do everything they can to be a part of it? I think it’s because value is often in the eye of the beholder. What has value and what doesn’t is really up to personal interpretation. What some people think are valuable have no value at all to others.
Take for instance, the way my parents heated their house. My mom and dad use to heat our house with wood. Every fall they would go out and cut wood. By the time winter would roll around, there was a huge pile on wood stored on the back porch. Now to someone who heats their house with electric or gas, that pile of wood may not carry too much value. But for our family, it meant having a warm winter. Without it, we would be cold, but with it, it was warm and cozy.
Value is often in the eye of the beholder. In Matthew Jesus tells the story of the different kinds of soil. And I always feel sorry for the people that are compared to the path. To me, they just don’t seem to get it. Perhaps they don’t understand, or maybe, just maybe they don’t see value in God’s word. Remember, value is often in the eye of the beholder.
Anyway, shortly after Jesus tells that story about different kinds of soils, He told a couple stories in about people that found a treasure of great value to them. And realizing the value, they go and sell everything they have, just to get this one treasure. Listen to how Jesus tells the story, He’s a much better story teller than me.
Matthew 13:44-46, “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. Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
In this story, it’s interesting, because one man wasn’t even looking for this treasure, but when he stumbled across it, he realized just how valuable it was. He then sells everything he has, and he buys that field. The other man, he is a merchant looking for fine pearls. So he is actually seeking the treasure. And we are told that when he finds one of great value, he too goes and sells all he has so that he can buy this one thing that is of value to him.
Now, the man who found the hidden treasure, and the merchant that found that pearl, those guys realized the great value in what they had found. Do you? Can you see the value? How is your eyesight?