Friday, August 2, 2013

Day Five Casper Serve

"Better Than Anything"
Mat 13:44  "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Did you like Broccoli when you were a kid?  O come on, not really.  No one really likes that stuff do they?  I understand that it is good for you, but health benefits aside, it was hard to get down as a little one.  I'm only joking, but you get the idea.  Sometimes we think god is like Broccoli.  We think that while God is good for us he doesn't taste very good.  Consequently we seek after the really great things this life has to offer and maybe, we think, one day we will get around to seeing what God has to offer.  Maybe we will be able to stomach him when we are older.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  There is an old hymn that says it like this "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace."  This is absolutely true.  God is not suggesting you choose him over your joy and happiness, he doesn't want you to be so easily satisfied with that which can't really make you happy.

That is the transaction that takes place in this verse.  This man is travelling through a field and in days with no banks, found a treasure hidden there.  He doesn't want to steal it, but wants to gain it legally if it has been forgotten or the owner is dead.  He offers to buy the land, which he does.  In order to have the funds to buy the land though, he has to sell everything else he has.  he stacks up his whole existence against the treasure, and realizes the treasure is more desirable.  He lets go of everything to get it and no buyers remorse here, he goes away with joy.

This is how the Lord is.  He is not only good for you but he tastes good and satisfies.  His invitation to live your life with him is not calling you to choose a life of drudgery over pleasure but a call to enjoy the deepest pleasures we were made for in Him.

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