IT ONLY HAS VALUE IF YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE
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.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Ok so have you ever messed something up so bad that you really wanted a redo.. Welcome to my sermon from this week. Last night I preached on this topic and I totally felt as if I messed up so I am going to do a redo for you and for me. I have always heard it said that anything has value. I have seen baseball cards go for millions of dollars and houses sold for pennies. I have seen toys that many of us grew up with go for an outlandish amount of money and a car that was worth millions reduced to scrap in a matter of seconds. VALUE.. It is a word that many of us know and each of us have an opinion about. WORTH... is another word that we use to describe the things that are in our lives that we could not get a dime for but are WORTH more than any treasure in the world. See, I have heard it said, the only way something has value is if someone is willing to pay the price. I could ask all I want for my #1 DC Superman comic book that I have had since I was a child, but if no one is willing to pay the price, it has no value except to me. Funny how that is.
But today we all value and put worth on the things that mean so much to us. If you walked into my office or into parts of my garage you would see things that many would say why in the world do you keep this? But for me it holds a part of my life and a piece of my life story that holds value and worth. It would be more valuable than all of the GOLD in the world. There are many phrases that go with this discussion today. Such as, "Beauty is in the eye of
the beholder" and "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Both of these statements help us to see and realize that we are the ones that place value and worth to any item in the world. The only reason that money and gold have such value is because of the power we allot to these items. Back in the early days of America, we were a bartering community and worth was given based on the amount of work and effort we put into our labor. We did not allow the world to put a value on our labor, but early settlers took pride in what they offered to trade for valuable resources. So my question for all of us today is this, "What are we willing to pay or give to receive the Kingdom of Heaven?"
In our two parables for today, we see the Jesus is presenting this same question to the people that were listening to Him teach. He posed two sides of the story in which He first showed how we approach finding the treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven in a field and second how the Kingdom of Heaven continues to seek out those that are worthy. In each one of these examples we are able to see that sacrifice is a part of the equation. For the man in the field, he found the treasure which cost him nothing and went and sold everything he had to buy the field in order that he could receive a gift that was free. In the second story, we see the Merchant, who is God, that is seeking to find the pearl, us, and is willing to pay the ultimate price to obtain the object. In each of these examples, we are able to see the value and worth that has been placed by both the man and the merchant. The man is willing to give EVERYTHING he has to find and obtain this great JOY that is in his life. This JOY is the Kingdom of Heaven or this intimate relationship with the Father. As the man is seeking to find the Father, the second parable helps us to see that God., the Merchant, is actively seeking His creation and paid the ultimate price, the life of Christ, to obtain it. See the value and the worth was not determined by the world but by the ones that were affected by the choice. We choose to give our heart, mind, soul and strength in order that we can help build the Kingdom of Heaven here in this world. In order that we are able to show the world the value and worth of an intimate relationship with God. And secondly, God determined the price He was willing to pay for creation. God was willing to pay the ultimate price which places great worth and value for every life created.
So in a nut shell, I hope and pray you understand that this is a joint mission for us to find God and for God to find us. Both, when they find the other, realize the value and worth of every life and are willing to give it all to obtain ultimate JOY. The true question is what value do you place to obtain this relationship with God? Do you look to find coupons that will help you save a little here or there. Do you look to low ball the price in hopes of keeping some for yourself? Are you willing to receive the free gift that has already been paid for you because of the worth and value God puts on your life. See it is still a two way street. It is not just the fact that we are seeking to find God but that God never stops seeking us as well. God loves
us so much that he placed the ultimate marker for our sins. God sees us as pearls and continues to seek to find us in order that He may be able to take us with Him. Do you see yourself as having this value and worth that God was willing to give it ALL for you. Remember some of the earlier phrases I used like, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Do you still look at yourself as trash and unworthy of receiving the JOY that God so wants to give to us? Because the trash you may see in the mirror is the treasure God is continuing to dig for and fight for with every ounce of strength that He has. Beauty is in the eye of the BEHOLDER, and we must realize that God places such great value and worth for our lives, we just have to start looking through the right lenses. Stop allowing the world to define you and give you worth and realize that you are a pearl, waiting to be claimed for the one that has already paid the price in full.