What Is Your Treasure?
I was so happy to run into a young brother the other day; happy because he left the fellowship and all efforts to ask him why or to reason with him fell on deaf ears. Eventually he changed his phone number so none in the fellowship could reach him. My heart was truly filled with joy to see him that faithful day in the Mall; and as I tried to engage him, he was very uncomfortable as he was not ready to discuss anything about God. In fact he succinctly told me that he does not have time for God now until he has made some money; then he will return to God! To say I was troubled was an understatement. When I returned home, my heart was heavy and I began to ask God questions concerning the young man. He was such a vibrant brother, always eager to learn; he was even one of the leaders. I was truly troubled!
Then the Lord showed me this Scripture again: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure, buried in a field that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46). The Bible equally makes us to understand that the day we said yes to the Lord, we agreed to take on His own life; such that the life we live from then on is no longer ours but His. We became new creation and old things passed away. Not just passed away, we totally forgot them so as not to return back to them. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for so many! It is sad that today, so many Christians behave as if they were either forced or cajoled to become Christians. Some even became Christians because they were afraid of going to hell!
We forget that as sons of God, we must live the life that we claim to have received on a daily basis not on the days it suits us. The Scripture above likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure and a priceless jewel. Realistically, when we find such treasure, we hide it so no one will steal it, then we go sell whatever we can in order to possess it (even to the extent of selling everything). We hide this treasure so that the enemy does not steal it or pollute it. Beloved, the reason it’s so easy for you to turn your back on the Kingdom of God, because of some pecuniary gain or the attitude of people, is because the Kingdom is not a treasure to you but a convenience you can live with or without! Have you not wondered why some ministers have become motivational speakers or coaches on the pulpit? Beloved the reason you enjoy listening to them and waiting for them to push you forward is because the Kingdom is not a treasure to you. For this reason so many have become lazy, and Christianity has become a fix they are reminded to take in order to push ahead.
You go in search of the five Kingdom principles for greatness, marriage, success and the likes, when ALL God wants from you is one step: To believe in Him and sell ALL - “Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7) and “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples” (John 15:7-8). Beloved, the very things you are still holding on to from your past life are the very things that will lead you away from Him. If you still need to be motivated and coached as a son of God to love God, to follow Him, to obey Him, then it’s time to do a soul search and return back to your closet; and don’t leave it until the Kingdom of God becomes treasure to you! May the Lord expand this Word in your heart in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.