“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.