Jan 29th, 2020
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells us a delightful story about two individuals that find a treasure. A treasure so priceless, that the joy they experience in this treasure, has them giving up everything in order to obtain it. One man finds this treasure in a field, and as a result, he sells everything he has, holding back nothing, in order to purchase the entire field to garner this treasure. The other individual, a merchant, while shopping for pearls finds the elusive one of great value he had always sought. And as a result, he too goes and sells everything that he owns. Everything in order that he could purchase this one pearl of such worth. Finding that one treasure that truly satisfies, and is of supreme worth, is worth pursuing with everything we have.
Of course, Jesus tells this story to help us understand the treasure that we have in Christ. A treasure so wonderful and rich, that giving up everything for it, is worth the exchange. Paul wrote it in the following words in Philippians 3 when he writes “but whatever gain I had, I counted a loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” Paul understood the parable of Jesus, that nothing could ever compare to having Jesus. All was rubbish compared to knowing him. As we were reminded by the thought of Kevin DeYoung on Sunday, “The biggest need in your life, and in mine, is to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
So it does leave us with one question, the one we looked at on Sunday. “Have you found this treasure? Have you bought the pearl?” What a question to ask ourselves through this new year of 2020. I encourage you NSC, to ask that question often, asking God to probe the depths of our hearts, bringing us to the only one who can ever satisfy, for God’s glory and our great joy. As Pastor John Piper states “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him”.