“Precious” is a great word. It cuts through all the knowledge we have, the books we have read or written and leaves the heart exposed. Things or people we highly value are precious. Jesus said the Kingdom of God was like treasure a man found and with great joy, sold everything in order to purchase the land containing the hidden treasure. It’s also like a pearl so great in value that it caused a pearl merchant to sell his entire inventory in order to purchase it.
- The treasure was hidden. You have to seek for it. You won’t find it up on the surface.
- The price was within reach for all – it simple costs all!
- There was great joy in the transaction. No one was forcing anyone to mnake commitments.
- The response of both was a little over the top.
Here’s a true story. A few years ago while I was pastoring in NH, during a building project, we found a buried safe right where the foundation was being dug. This was during the same time that a mafia don’s safe had been found and was being opened. We hit the front page of our local paper and even had some offers to purchase it from the community. We tried renting a saw with a carbide blade but it hardly scratched the surface. Finally, we hired a local garage with a blow torch to get it open for us. You know what we found? No, it wasn’t gold bars to pay off the building costs! We found nothing but old papers and pieces of a rug. We learned many valuable lessons through that experience but one in particular was this: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Your heart will always move towards what you treasure and not the other way around. So one important key of the kingdom is this – what do you treasure? And, is He precious to you? Not, do you know everything about His life and teachings but is Jesus precious? Selah!