“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.” Matthew 13:44 I wanted you to hear this parable to help understand our verse. Remember Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We are God’s treasure—we are hidden in this earth (field). Jesus gave up His deity to purchase us (His treasure). Now, when we accept Christ into our hearts, He then becomes our treasure—This is God’s mystery of His kingdom. (Colossians 1:26 & 27) Verse 26 tells us it has been hidden from ages, but is now revealed to His saints. Verse 27 tells us this mystery is Christ in us. We are His and He is ours!
Most of us are still not totally getting this. We even sometimes fight amongst ourselves when we see another Christian getting excited about the victories in their life, and answered prayer received, as if their joy is because something they are doing of themselves—When it is Christ doing the work in them and through them. As we put aside our own will, and allow Christ’s will to reign, that is when God is able work through us.
We can never understand the things of God by natural means. They can only be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. God saw fit to work His mystery in this way so that everyone would know it is God working in us, not us by our own means. In this way people can “see” (have a glimpse of) Christ in us and so believe. Yielding to Christ will produce fruit in our life.
Father, open the eyes of our understanding that we may see it is You working through each of us, and not that individual themselves. We have nothing to boast about, except Your love in us and You in us, doing good to others. In Jesus’ name I ask. Amen
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Sometimes, but not always, the only difference in a race between the winner and the one in second place, is the wholehearted determination that was present at the time. Those things that we put our whole effort into are the things that we succeed in. They are also the things that end up rewarding us back. There are people who show up for work day after day with almost a perfect attendance, but their work is mediocre, in that it could be better. They never go the extra mile. There are will always be those who get a position merely by who they know showing favoritism—But, as a rule, those who give it their whole heart will rise to the top faster. They show determination. It shows that they really want to succeed, and even interested in what they do.
This is the same way that it is with God. He says, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you REALLY want to find Me.” He wants you to be sure of what you want, so He says it must be wholeheartedly. Read what Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 He demands our whole attention—God must come first in everything. Seeking wholeheartedly is simply renewing our mind so that it agrees with what our born again, newly created perfect spirit and God says about something. It puts us on the same page as what God is on. We will be after the same things and understand God’s purpose better, and according to the Parable of the Sower... Satan won’t be able to steal it from us.
Father, Thank You for the times that I spend with You in Your Word, and for the insight that You reveal to me. I know that understanding Your ways will always keep me close to You. And when I am close to You we can work together more easily. Amen