“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." Matthew 13:44
What determines the value of an object?
Is it what you think it is worth?
Is it what it's worth to you?
Is it what you wish someone would give you for it?
Is it what Consumer's Report says you should get for it?
Ultimately, the value of an item is determined by what someone is willing to pay you for it.
You know that from going to yard sales or from buying and selling on eBay. The market drives the value.
That is the point of this parable Jesus is telling.
What determines the value of God's kingdom?
That's right! When Jesus offered Himself up as a sacrifice on the cross to redeem it and to redeem us, He attached the price tag to the kingdom.
If you want to enter the kingdom of God it will cost you everything! You must commit to loving God more than anything else in your life to take possession of His kingdom.
There are no discounts or mark downs or clearance sales in the kingdom of God. It is either sell out or miss out.
In sharing this parable Jesus is posting a sign that says, "Casual Christians need not apply!"
God gave His Son to purchase the kingdom and the Son gave His life.
Are you willing to sell out in order to get in?