Sunday Devotional: Matthew 13:44-46

“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)

Jesus here shares two short parables to the disciples and the crowds gathered to hear him.  Both of them involved talking about the kingdom of heaven and how precious it is.  He uses first a treasure.  It is not mentioned as to exactly what the treasure is but is valuable enough that the man who found it sold everything he had to buy the field where he found it.  The second was a priceless pearl, one so fine that the merchant who found it sold everything he had to buy it.

The kingdom of heaven is that and so much more.  To be in fellowship with God is to have the finest treasure, the most priceless pearl.  It is something that should be desired above all things.  Because with God there is life, true life, everlasting abundant life.  And through Jesus Christ, we get to participate in that.

This week, let us be mindful of the treasure that we have as followers of Jesus.  Let us tell others of the priceless joy and hope we have. And may we never grow tired of sharing that good news with others.

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Sunday Devotional: Revelation 21:5-7

“And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”  (Revelation 21:5-7)

We all look forward to the future, to a brighter day.  For those who are followers of Jesus, we look forward to being with Jesus and seeing the Father face to face.  We long for that new Heaven and the new Earth that is described in Revelation 21 & 22.

These verses give hope.  They remind us of the one who makes “all things new”.  They remind us of the one who is “the beginning and the end”.  The one who loved us so much to die for us so that we may have life.  That we are able drink from the “spring of the water of life without payment”.  And the awesome thing is we get to have a relationship with God forever.  That is our hope.

During the time that Revelation was written, there was mass a persecution of Christians going on by the Roman Empire.  Believers needed to stand firm in their faith and hold onto their faith in Christ.  John reminded them of the hope that comes for those who endure, who overcome.  That same promise is given to us today.  We have that hope that once sin and death are finally defeated, we get to gather together wall all those who love Jesus and get to worship together for eternity.  That’s a hope worth remembering as we continue on following after Him in the present.

The Hope of “Tomorrowland”

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I went and saw the new Disney film Tomorrowland yesterday.  It was one of those summer movies that I was looking forward to seeing.  And at least for me, it did not disappoint.  It was fun, exciting and made me think.

I won’t have any spoilers but I will touch on something that I thought about as I was watching the film and then after I let the theater.  One major theme of the movie is hope.  Casey, one of the main characters in the film, seems to be driven by hope.  Hope for the future, hope for change.  However, reality seems far from hopeful.  It seems like the majority of people around Casey don’t have hope.

When Casey gets a glimpse of Tomorrowland, she wants to go there.  When she does get there, it is nothing like what she saw or was told about.  However, it is better than Earth as Tomorrowland is not bent on destruction.  The leader of Tomorrowland, Governor Nix, has basically shut himself off from the rest of the world and tells Casey & Frank Walker (who used to live in Tomorrowland years ago) that the reason people aren’t told about Tomorrowland is because they would bring their “savagery” here.

Deep down, we are all seeking hope.  We all want to hope in something.  We would love to find and live in a place like Tomorrowland.  The thing is, we can have something to place our hope.  Or to put it a better way, someone to place our hope.  Jesus is the one who we can put our hope for the future as well as right now in the present.  He can change us (if we let Him) and make us more like Him.

As followers of Jesus, we also have a place that is there waiting for us like Tomorrowland only much cooler and better in Heaven.  And we don’t have to worry about messing up Heaven by us being there because there will be no sin there.

That’s a hope that can change the world.  That’s a hope worth sharing.  That’s a hope I want others to know about.

A good film is one you can enjoy watching and make you think.  Tomorrowland is that kind of film.  I would recommend checking it out and I hope that you will think through those themes long after the credits are rolling.