Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 13:44

“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.”

So often, when I hear people talk about the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven, it’s as if they think it is someplace far, far away – kind of like Oz.

And, though I wouldn’t begin to claim that I can fully explain what it is like – I believe in a pretty orthodox view of a “reign” of God somewhere out of sight, in the “heavenly places” just beyond the thin veil of the reality we experience.

But I also think the kingdom of heaven can be found in the here and now.  And that it is treasure indeed when we get at least some small glimpse of it.

I think that’s why Scripture speaks in such glowing terms about this aspect of our relationship with God.

We can throw around a lot of very lofty, or heavy, theological terms – depending on how you like to think of them:

  • Glorification
  • Sanctification
  • Redemption
  • Grace
  • Along with a whole library full of others like them.

But I kind of like this image of a treasure hidden in a field that a man sort of stumbles upon, and realizing his good fortune, gives up everything he has so that he can insure his permanent ownership of it.

Do we often think of our citizenship in the heavenly kingdom in such terms?

Treasure and kingdom – two words, put together, worth pondering.  Don’t you think?

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for loving us enough to invite us into your kingdom – a treasure in and of itself.  AMEN.

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