we're selling everything and moving to...

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We're not actually physically moving, at least not that God has told us yet. But last night I was mulling over the parable of the hidden treasure and the parable of the pearl of great price from Matthew 13:44-46 and asking myself

What does it mean for me to sell everything
to buy the kingdom of heaven?

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.

We know for one thing that we can't actually purchase the kingdom of heaven. Salvation comes from faith in the perfect sacrifice of Christ alone, and there is nothing we can do to earn our place in the kingdom (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Yet Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to treasure and pearls, things of great financial value on earth, things that can be purchased, but only at a very great price.

What does one do with pearls and gold and precious gems?

Perhaps the first use that comes to mind is jewelry. A string of pearls is a lovely accent to a dress, and the exchange of gold rings is a common symbol of unending love at a wedding ceremony. We value these items, but styles of jewelry only last so many years before they're no longer in vogue.

Investments, however, never go out of style. Many people invest in gold and gemstones because there will always be a limited quantity, so they will always have great value. Supply and demand and all. Investments, while still temporal, have a more lasting impact than an item of jewelry. Financial investments can not only enrich your life but your children's and grandchildren's and many others' lives, as well. They multiply if executed wisely.

I absolutely believe God calls every Christian to invest financially in the kingdom of heaven through tithing and giving to the poor and supporting missionaries and ministers of the Gospel. However, while I believe each one of us should hold loosely to the things of earth and acknowledge they are all on loan from the Lord, I don't think God has called all of us to sell all of our material possessions.

Selling everything to invest in the kingdom of heaven always means that we abandon all rights to our time. It is not our time, it is God's, and if we value the kingdom enough, we will be willing to invest every moment of every day in living out the Lord's Prayer:

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

This hit me last night as I was thinking over my day. I had not lived a moment of it as if I wanted God's kingdom to come. It was all about me, all the time. There are certainly mundane activities that don't seem to have much kingdom value that must be done just by nature of living on this earth - washing dishes, dusting, buying groceries, learning arithmetic, etc. All the difference is made, though, when we work at these mundane things with all our might as if we're working for the Lord.

Every moment we spend doing something mundane or something seemingly more spiritual with a humble heart of praise and gratitude is one more moment of investment in the forever that will be when Jesus Christ rules and reigns over the new heavens and new earth. The kingdom of heaven begins here and now as we relinquish the rights of everything of value to us - our money, our time, our relationships, our possessions, our talents.

How much to we want to see God's kingdom be realized
on this broken earth?

How much do we long for His perfect, righteous rule
over the tyrants of this world?

How much do we long to see His face and hear Him say,
"Well done"?

If this isn't a burning desire of your heart right now, I encourage you to read Revelation 4 and 5 and place yourself in the scene. Spend some time imagining what it would be like to approach God's throne and then know that because of Jesus, you are there.

I'm selling everything and investing in the kingdom because Jesus gave everything and invested in me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

1 comments:

  1. Hi Faith, I'm married to a verbal processor, so I totally get you : ) Thanks for the post. I love thinking and learning about the kingdom of Heaven. It's been a topic of concentrated study for me for the past 6 years.

    When I think about some of the verses you mentioned, I think about what you said for sure. Living a life "selling everything" to me is life "all in". For me that means everything is His and up for grabs, nothing can take greater precedence, and God is invited to be in all I think, say, touch, and do...everything.

    I've lived segmented before, picking and choosing what I would allow Him access to and what not, and it is so draining. Once I really jumped all in with Him I have been on the greatest adventure of my life. Here's to more revelation of our fullness in Christ.

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