God’s Kingdom Is Priceless
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.
A few years ago, I bought a pair of shoes (Space Jams) for $190 dollars. While some would never splurge that much for some kicks, I saw value in them that went beyond the hit on my wallet. It wasn’t just about the shoes, it was about the history behind the shoes: the movie they were in, the players who had worn them, and the fact that they had only been sold on two occasions over the past 25 years. When we see huge value in something, we will pay almost any price for it.
The scriptures teach that God’s kingdom is valuable. Whether you are a Christian or not, most people would agree that you can’t put a price tag on things like real friendship, family, and an eternal purpose. These are all attributes of God’s kingdom, and what God is saying in this scripture is that sometimes we need to give up what we have in order to get what we really want.
From the scripture above, ask yourself the following questions:
Why was the finder so willing to give everything up for the treasure?
How valuable is God’s kingdom to you on a scale of 1-10? Why?
God’s Kingdom Is All About Faith And Love
My dear brothers and sisters, listen: God has picked the poor of this world to become unfathomably rich in faith and ultimately to inherit the Kingdom, which He has pledged to those who love Him.
Being invited to a birthday party feels pretty nice. It says, “you made the cut” as a friend. Usually, we invite those who are true friends. But, sometimes we invite people for other reasons, like to feel popular or – admit it – because we want nice gifts. God isn’t like that. He gives his kingdom to those who love him and stay loyal to him, regardless of their financial status or achievements or even mistakes. You can’t buy the kingdom or earn it by being especially good, and it doesn’t get taken away when you mess up.
Are you grateful to God when you consider how much he wants to give you the good things that come with being part of his kingdom, despite your weaknesses or mistakes?
God just desires for us to love him. What can you do today to show God your gratitude and love for him?
Ideas: spend extra time with God (read your Bible or pray extra today), memorize a verse that reminds you of his love for you, or do something loving for someone else for him.
The Power Of Gratitude
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe, because our God really is a consuming fire.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? A bike? A car? A loaded gift card? How did you feel when you got it? GRATEFUL! Multiply that thousands of times and that’s a glimpse of how awesome it is to receive God’s kingdom. When we’re grateful to God for giving us his Kingdom, we’ll be able to please God by serving him with everything we have.
Are you grateful to God for being part of the kingdom? Why or why not?
If not, decide to ask a spiritual friend today about what the kingdom is and how to become part of it yourself.