Parable of the Hidden Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Matthew 13:44

What does it mean to have a glimpse of heaven? That was a resounding question during iFocus yesterday.

As I pondered, the girls started discussing:

– ‘Heaven and/or Jesus is the hidden treasure’

– ‘God’s kingdom is worth more to the man than anything he already has’

– ‘He sells his property with conviction and with so much enthusiasm’

To me, this verse was one of joyful sacrifice. All along, the treasure was hidden and when the man found it, he immediately went to claim it. For so long, it was not known this him, and yet when he saw just a mere glimpse, he fully understood the value of it – to the extent that it was more valuable than everything else he had already owned.

Funny though, how when he finds it, he covers it up. Why? The girls laughed about whether it meant that we are not to share the gospel and God’s kingdom with others. Well, no. I think we have to consider that this is the first moment right after the man has marveled at the treasure. Him covering up the treasure is a symbol of claiming ownership of the treasure. He wants it for himself first. He wants to ensure he has got it first before he tells others the good news. And I think that’s how it applies to us. We want to make sure we have God in our lives first, above all other idols, before we share it with others.

Clarissa also mentioned that it could mean hiding it in our hearts. Good one.

The verse then goes on to say that the man BUYS THE WHOLE FIELD. Funny how if someone finds a treasure, the first instinct is to steal it. There is simply no need to buy the whole field. And yet, this signifies the legal stamp of ownership. He loves and absolutely adores the treasure to the point that he wants to buy the place where he found the treasure.

And then, what is the cost? Sacrifice. But it is joyful, willing and humble sacrifice. For this one treasure, he is willing to sell his identity, his reputation, his future, his pride.

But then I asked myself: ‘Surely I can’t catch a glimpse of heaven now’. But we can! That glimpse of heaven is found in people who fervently love God. I see a glimpse of God when I see Theo and when I read her blog. I feel a glimpse of heaven when I go to church and feel the overwhelming and inexplicable peace.

I have seen the hidden treasure and have hidden it in my heart.

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