Hidden Treasure  


Matthew 13:44 “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”

   I came across this verse the other day, and instantly, it became one of my favorites. This verse is so simple and to the point, yet filled with so much hope, desire, and meaning.

I liked this verse so much, that I decided to do some research on it. I came to find out that Matthew 13:44 is one of the shortest parables that Jesus ever spoke. A parable is story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. Jesus left us with many parables to use as “directions” when following and growing closer to him. I think this verse was meant to reassure our hope and joy in Christ and the kingdom of heaven. After reading and breaking down this verse, I came across the hidden meaning that Jesus was trying to get across..

This verse describes a man who has come across this hidden treasure in a field. This tressure is very valuable. Once the man realized and discovered what it was, he took the treasure and hid it in another field. Then he sold everything he had and joyfully went and bought the field…

This is very similar to a non believers life. When a non believer comes across the word of God, and chooses to believe it, they realize how valuable it is. The kingdom of heaven is truly a treasure, and those who belive in it will sacrifice everything else in their lives for it. Just like the man in the parable did. He went and sold everything he had for it… As christians we are called to sacrifice many things in order to please God. This might be hard sometimes, but ultimately nothing is more important than Christ and the kingdom of heaven….

Just something short and sweet I thought I would share!

               

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Foot Prints

These are a few of my thoughts after spending more than half my summer on the beach…

What is the first thing you think of when you think about the beach? There are many possible answers for this question, but few would respond to that question with the answer “the sand.” Everyday the sand is marked by thousands of foot prints. All of different shapes and sizes. Some big and some small.  When suddenly, they are washed away by a single wave. Leaving the sand absolutely clean and pure, until the next person comes along and leaves their mark. This seems so straightforward. Many people probably do not think twice about this. But how could something so simple be connected with our everyday lives?…

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

This verse explains how the foot prints in the sand connect with our everyday lives. Just as the foot prints in the sand are wiped out everyday, so are our sins. God sent his son to live the perfect life and to become the ultimate sacrifice. He did this so that we could be forgiven for our sins. If we admit our sins to the Lord, and are truly sorry for what we have done, then we will be wiped clean. That is how AWESOME our God is. No matter what we do wrong, he will always forgive and love us. It is so incredible that no matter how rough your past might be, no matter what you have done, YOU are able to START FRESH in CHRIST.