Treasuring Christ

13 Sep

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44–46, NASB95)

 

These famous parables of Jesus do not teach that a person may buy his salvation. The emphasis is on the value of finding Christ and being part of His kingdom.  The treasure in the field and the pearl of great price were so valuable that each of the men gladly sold every everything to obtain them. That’s the point – the value of Christ.  He is worth everything. He is more valuable than anything.  The Apostle Paul said the same thing only he did not use a parable…

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,” (Philippians 3:7–8, NASB95)

 

Years ago, I read a statement in a book that said too many people have the idea that Christ is the means to their treasure.  The truth is that Christ is the treasure. Nothing should stand in the way of your coming to faith in Him.  Don’t let a sin you want to hold onto or the opinion of other people keep you from surrendering to Christ. He is worth it all! No pleasure and no pursuit will mean more than Christ.  He is worth it all.  Treasure Him.  Come to saving faith in Christ today!

Finally, perhaps you are reading these words and you have been a believer for a number of years. Treasure Christ. Make sure He means more to you now than ever before!  Make sure you love Him more than ever before. You have followed Him, and it is worth it all!  Love Jesus, rejoice in Jesus, talk to Jesus, live like Jesus, and talk about Jesus.  He is not a means to your treasure, He is your treasure.

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