Do You See The Treasure?

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. (Matt:13:44)

Do you see the treasure?

There is a treasure in the gospel. There is a treasure in seeking after God and believing in Jesus Christ. Do you see the treasure? Many people walk by this field and don’t stop because they don’t see the treasure. They don’t see anything here, so they continue to walk past. Right now someone is passing by the church or passing by the message of the bible because they don’t think anything is there. It’s just another religious thing and some religious people. It’s just another book. It’s just another field, so no big deal. They just pass by. They don’t see value in doing this Christian experience, so they pass by.

If only they knew! If only they knew there was treasure here! Christians, why haven’t you told them? Why aren’t you telling them? And when people see you, do they see the value of the Christian experience? What impression are you leaving on others by the way you live your life? Are you showing them the treasure? Are you telling them about the treasure? Do you see the treasure?

Some people don’t see the treasure because they don’t want to see it. These people have their understanding darkened because of the blindness of their heart. (Ephesians 4:8) Some people are too proud. And God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) Some people love sin and darkness; they hate the light because their deeds are evil. (John 3:20). And some people do not see the treasure because it’s not their time yet. They may be waiting for your light to shine, if you are a believer, that they may see your works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

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. (Matt:13:44)

Do you see the treasure?

I see the treasure! I see the treasure! God so love the world, He gave His only begotten Son! God did not leave us or forsake us! Even though we have fallen short, God cares about us! We are not here by mistake! We are not an accident! God has a plan to prosper us and not harm us! We don’t have to fear death! We don’t have to be afraid because Jesus promises we will live! God promises to bless those who follow after Him with their whole heart! If God is for us, nothing can stand against us! There is a treasure here! Love, joy, peace, fulfillment, purpose, forgiveness, comfort, protection, ever-lasting life! This is what is promised us. Do you see the treasure?

If you see the treasure, there should be joy!

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. (Matt:13:44)

You don’t just find things that are hidden. Something has to happen to put you at the right place at the right time. Not luck or chance. It is the Spirit of God that must open our eyes to the treasure. We cannot come to Jesus if God does not first draw us. It is by the grace of God that we see and believe! So we ask God to show us the treasure! Lord, show our loved-ones the treasure!

Now, imagine this man finding this treasure, and he covers it back up. Maybe he covers it because he knows how valuable it is and someone else may take this opportunity from him. But maybe, for a split second, he had some reservations. Maybe something caused him to hesitate. Maybe not. But, for the sake of the sermon, what causes us to hesitate on getting the treasure after we have seen a glimpse of it? What causes us to doubt? You don’t think you can have the blessing? You don’t think you are worthy? You are afraid you will fail and mess it up? Don’t be foolish! Look again! Look at the treasure again! It has your name written all on it, and you can’t mess it up! We are talking about the riches of God! The love of Christ that passes knowledge! How could you fail?! Oh, that we would be filled with the fullness of God! God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think! You can’t fail! If God is for you, who can be against you?! It is God’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom! It is God’s will to complete the work He starts in you! Don’t be foolish! If you are receiving God’s love and putting your trust in Him, you cannot mess it up! Because God can’t fail! To be afraid while you are in the hands of God is to suggest you don’t believe that God is who He says is! Don’t be foolish! Believe God! Trust God!

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. (Matt:13:44)

For joy over the treasure, the man sells all that he has to buy the field. Why all he had? Because that is what it took to buy the field! Why did he have to buy the field? Because the treasure just wasn’t on the surface. The treasure is deep. So the man is happy to sell all he had because this treasure was more valuable than anything he possessed and it goes deeper than he can imagine!

Life in Christ is not surface! It is not some basic religious routine that yields a few benefits. Life in Christ is deep! And it is rich! It requires one to dig and dive deep! Doing religious activity may be nice and surface, but God is asking for us to go deep! To draw near to God, not just with our lips and outward appearance, but with our hearts! Going deep with the heart requires letting go everything else that you have previously held as more valuable than God. We must realize that God is more valuable than any created thing on the planet because God is the Creator!

Do you see the treasure? Do you see the value of selling all you have for God? The rich young ruler couldn’t see it, so he went away weeping. Judas couldn’t see it, even though he was so close to it! He saw his own selfish gain than what God was offering him through Jesus Christ. Mary Madeline could see it! She saw the treasure and spent her most valuable possession to worship Jesus. Abraham saw the treasure, so he left his home and everything he knew to follow after God. Ruth saw the treasure, so she followed and served the woman of God at the risk of never having a husband, family, and future security. David saw the treasure and repented, realizing he represented God in the eyes of the unbelievers. Paul saw the treasure and spent the rest of his life, through much persecution, sharing it with others.

Do you see the treasure? The only way you can have it is if you buy the field! It is not something that can fit in your pocket. The treasure, however, is something you need. It is something all your loved-ones need. Why do we spend so much time, energy, resource on things that do not satisfy our souls? Isn’t it time to see the treasure in God? Don’t you want the treasure? Go get the treasure! Seek the Lord while He may be found! Go get the treasure!

One Reply to “Do You See The Treasure?”

  1. Seek the treasure, Secure the treasure and by all means necessary … Love the treasure

    The Oxford dictionary defines treasure in two ways: as a noun and as a verb.
    Treasure as a noun – “A quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.”

    And as a verb

    Treasure as a verb – 1. ”Keep carefully (a valuable or valued item).” 1.1 “value highly.”

    Let us dive deeply to discover our treasure. We begin with the Oxford dictionary because our ability to love the treasure is predicated by our perception of what treasure means? Is your treasure a thing? A noun? A person? A place? Alternatively, is your treasure none of the nouns above? Is your treasure the verb form meaning there is action and Heavenly interaction with your treasure? For your treasure to be the latter you must have an ever growing relationship in Christ – deep in obedience and communication?

    What is the treasure? My treasure is in my suffering with Christ. With every battle I am honored to be selected for deployment. I recognize that with every altercation my faith is increased and I am made strong for the strength of the Lord is my peace.

    Babes in Christ whine when troubles ensues, as they expectedly should – right on course with their spiritual development. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2 God is our Father, when we trust and believe in him with all our heart and soul, we should want for nothing and he will supply all of our needs as such was the case with his servant Job.

    Job’s original possessions included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oven and 500 female donkeys. Job 1:3 Nonetheless, alike all Christians, Job too was drafted to serve his time in the spiritual war for God. Alike a babe in christ, Job whined and cried with anger and grief because he could not accept that despite his obedience to the Lord he was yet subject to spiritual military enlistment.

    Why does God bless us with earthly treasures only to revoke those same earthly treasures during persecution? God used Job’s suffering to teach him and us the difference between treasure and Treasure.

    When Job lost his livestock,
    when Job lost his home,
    when his body blistered and oozed,
    infected and infested with dry flaky skin and moist hot boils his wife told him to curse God and die 😦

    His foolish wife could not see the treasure so she could not see(k) the treasure.

    As your faith grows in the Lord, reflect on those that God removed from your life to fully enable you to focus on the true treasure.

    Job has lost everything, the treasures of his rolling, green pastures are now withered and brown, his thin bones of his animals have succumbed to starvation. His precious children have departed from him. As his earthly treasure fades, Job’s faith too begins to fade. At minimum we know Job had at least 11,000 earthly treasures but nonetheless he was going blind, his sight was fuzzy for Job was losing his ability to see the true treasure! God watches from a distance and sends 3 friends to minister to Job so that God’s glory would be fulfilled through Job’s understanding. Unfortunately, the counselors fail because there is no wisdom outside the true treasure. God, the teacher is at work with his finest pupil. After Job’s three friends counsel to him unsuccessfully, God the Master, Father and the Refuge appears to his babe Job providing as nourishment meat and milk.

    God speaks to Job at length.

    Brutally interrogating Job for the lack of rationale for his non-belief, God chastises his child Job. He reminds him of the limited wisdom of man in relation to the omniscient knowledge of our omnipotent Father. Job 38. Our God is a kind God, he is not only commanding Job to trust him completely, he has gifted his son the honor of private instruction.

    God lectures to Job:

    Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou see the treasures of the hail,

    Job 38:22 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

    Reflect to Oxford’s noun definition of treasure: a quantity of precious metals, gems or other valuable objects but here God speaks, identifying snow as a treasure. How often do we see the beautiful snow that sprinkles from the Heaven and complain about it’s inconvenience on our life?

    When we refer to snow we speak with vain dis-appreciation. We complain that the snow is wet, cold, difficult to navigate within. But what if we saw the snow the same way God sees snow? As a beautiful treasure, reserved by the almighty to be utilized for us in the the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war, how differently would we respond to snow now that we see the treasure?

    Hypothetically, If we knew that the ultimate ending of this world was the world being set ablaze by God and that the snow in all its majestic, individual and unique snowflakes would fall upon the heads of the elect preserving us in the day of atonement, would we then see the snow as a treasure?

    Why does God nonchalantly mention this mystery without further revelation? Because in order to see the treasure, you must first trust in the treasure, although the details don’t always make complete sense we must yet still trust in the treasure. The treasure is our faith in God. Thus our struggles increase our treasure (verb) and the byproducts of nourishing our treasure is treasure (noun).

    God revokes Job’s treasure(n) to show him true Treasure(v). All things good and bad work together for those that believe in the Lord – Romans 8:28 Even In the eye of the storm we can yet be at peace knowing that the thief that has arrived to seemingly steal your earthly treasure is merely disposing old trash so God may upgrade your possessions to true treasure. For whatever trash a man has lost protecting his faith in Christ will be restored unto him.

    God is a good God. Although the knife pain feels excruciating, he prunes so that our fruit may multiply. At the end Job has learnt to see(k,) secure and love the treasure. As a reward for God’s faithfulness God has multiplied Job’s earthly treasures to complement the multiplication of his faith.

    Let us reflect, Job whom begun with 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels 500 yoke of oven and 500 female donkeys has been touched by God and thus restored due to his faithfulness.

    Job 42:12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, a 1,000 oven and a 1,000 donkeys.

    Fret not for the things you sacrifice serving the Lord, God will not only restore but he will provide you double for your trouble.

    But what about the friends we lose when we agree to serve to Lord? Although our hearts crave to be delivered from sin we are yet entangled and ensnared by the sins that manifest in the minds of our beloved. After Job refused to curse God, his wife abandoned him. And while I am certain that Job mourned and cried about the lost of an old thing, I am confident he rejoiced when God presented him with his new wife Dinah, a daughter of Jacob, and blessed him with an additional 7 sons and 3 daughters.

    T ribulation
    1. R epentance
    2. E mmanuel
    3. A ssurance
    4. S avior
    5. U ncoditional love
    6. R ighteousness
    7. E verlasting and eternal life

    Seek the treasure, Secure the treasure and by all means necessary … Love the treasure.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so too is the treasure in the heart of the beholder. In order to seek something, you must first see it. The word of God is a lamp unto thine heart, with every verse, the scripture and its infinite revelation serves as my light so I may see the treasure Matthew 6:21

    Seek the treasure, Secure the treasure and by all means necessary… Love the treasure

    Secure the treasure and in exchange God will give you security for his treasure is our security. But what does it mean to secure? Like Job we must forsake our worldly possessions/desires/habits in order to receive Christ. Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

    Seek the treasure, Secure the treasure and by all means necessary … Love the treasure.

    Reflect back to Oxford’s definitions for treasure, both definitions involved the value that the owner ascertained for his own ultimate benefit. Conversely, God’s definition of treasure, exampled by snow reserved for the day of trouble and destruction offers a counterexample that God’s version of treasure is in correlation to his supreme love and ability to protect his children. God’s love is selfless, as we seek and discover his treasure we too are called by his Holy Spirit to love and care for each other in Christ.

    When atheists rise to sift your faith like wheat remember that a harvest is approaching bountiful with the rewards of your faithfulness.

    How you gonna let someone that can’t even see ya Treasure seize ya Treasure?

    By all means necessary, protect the Treasure. Honor the relationship between God and you. Do not be deceived by flesh, deceit or fear. Protect the treasure.

    Don’t just reside in the Lord, find and maintain your joy in the Lord. The Treasure of the Lord is our ultimate desire, may we seek to secure the Lord and love the Lord. No longer babes in Christ, the war is now and the word is meat unto our souls – may we rejoice during times of persecution, loving God unconditionally for all of our earthly days and Heavenly days forevermore.

    To God be the glory – his will for our life is not only perfect, it is prosperous.

    Now armed with the correct differentiation between earthly trash and Heavenly Treasure, we must declare to love the treasure. We must revere with all our heart and mind this beautiful gift from God and let it not depart from us.

    Colossians 2:2-3 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the Treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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