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. 47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. 52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
I love the disciple’s response to Jesus’ question, “do you understand these things?” I think I would have said, “Ah, not really.” Because, lets face it – God’s Kingdom seems too good to be true. Could it really be that God considers me a treasure that is so precious that He’d sell everything in order to acquire me? Could He actually be desperately searching for me and when He finds me will stop at nothing to have me in His Kingdom? Yet, this is exactly what happened. God made a way for me to be part of His kingdom – Jesus. This is the Gospel – this is the really good news.
And it was His plan all along. To seek out the humble – those who would turn to Him in faith and trust Him for a new righteousness, a true rightness before God, not just an old law-keeping standard, or a lame justification like, “but I try to be a good person.” He was looking for people that knew they could never rise to God’s perfection by themselves. Yet, when these “righteous ones” realise how deeply they are loved, and the cost by which they were saved, they turn to Him gratefully and helplessly in faith, and in turn, receive a righteousness not their own. It is these people that begin a kingdom life, in the here and now, that reflects their New Kingdom’s King.
How is it that I am so dearly loved by You. You have been pursuing me – today I will let you catch me! I want to be part of Your Kingdom.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen