Topic: What Do You Treasure? [DCLM Daily Manna Thursday July 12, 2018]
Text: Matthew 13:44-52 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Matthew 13:44).
The quantum and quality of resources a person invests in his quest for a prize determines how he values the goal. If the goal is a priceless treasure, he pumps in all his time, energy, skill, money and other materials needed to achieve his ambition. Less cherished purpose does not merit much attention.
The lessons from the parable in the text teach us that the vicarious death of Jesus for the salvation of mankind is an investment which portrays Him as a wise spiritual Entrepreneur desirous of harvesting souls in line with the promise of the Father (Psalm 2:8). This lesson is similar to a corn of wheat in John 12:24, which cannot bring forth fruit unless it invests itself by being sown in the ground dies, germinates, grows, and buds. Life in the Kingdom is all about sacrifice to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Genuine believers follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ by investing their resources in Kingdom work.
There is reward beyond what the world offers. Which is better? The short-lived reward from service to mortal man or the everlasting reward God gives to those who spend for the furtherance of the gospel? The choice is yours to make. Even so, a saint renders services to Christ not for any tangible or intangible rewards. He serves Him as a token of appreciation for his salvation and as an acknowledgement of being privileged to be a witness for Christ: an unconditional service to the Master in the instinctive response by he who has profited from Christ’s reservoir of grace.
Thought For The Day: Serve God selflessly and expect His best.
Bible Reading In One Year: Amos 6-9