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Treasure and Pearl

treasure

Treasure

Treasure and Pearl

"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.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." Matt. 13:44-46.

These two short parables teach us something about the kingdom of heaven: its great worth! This treasure, the kingdom of heaven, the place where God's people have citizenship, the place where God's people dwell, the body of Christ, the church that belongs to Christ, the embodiment of the message of salvation. There is nothing of more importance in this world than learning about how to get to the next one and be with God forever. What a treasure that is!

Value/Worth

The great value of this kingdom, the message about how to get into it, the gospel, is described for us as a treasure. I am not sure what that treasure was that the man discovered, the description as "treasure" seems adequate to bring to mind great wealth and abundance. The man's reaction was to do whatever it took to get it. In giving everything to purchase the field, he demonstrated his great desire to attain it.

The same is true when we consider the pearl of great price. The merchant was obviously in the business of seeking valuable pearls and upon finding one of infinite value, a treasure in itself, he did what was necessary to obtain. It cost him all that he had.

Yes indeed, it is that important! The consequences of our desire for and our commitment to this treasure, the Gospel, are eternal!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Despair Turned to Hope!

 

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to Hope!

Our Lord has a different way of looking at things.

And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. Matt. 9:23-25

He doesn't see things the way we do. These people saw and knew death. They felt despair at the loss of a child. They were not as ignorant as we sometimes are given to believe. Jesus was not contradicting their assessment, as much as He was redefining the situation. She was asleep, a term often used for death, but with a whole different expectation of the outcome.

When we are hopeless and in despair, He sees opportunity and gives comfort. He turns our despair into hope!

Life restored!

He took an opportunity to give back life to a child, but in a very real sense He does the same for us. When we are in a state of despair, lacking all hope of revival and lost in our sin, He comes along and says, "I can fix that. Not dead, just asleep." When we do what He commands, he restores life and hope. He turns our despair into hope!

He is greater than any problem we face, including death! Despair can indeed be turned to joy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Eternal life replaces death and death becomes sleep for those who are in Christ!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Perfect! as your Father is Perfect

Perfect!

Perfect!

Perfect!?!

Good Morning! We are called to a higher standard of behavior as followers of Christ. Jesus holds up the ultimate example in this passage.

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:44-45, 48

Now let me explain that this word "perfect" means mature, ripe, ready, not just without fault. It is something we should strive for, grow into and seek to reach. We get there by practice and endurance (see James 1). Sometimes with a lot of prayer! In fact, prayer should be part of our daily lives anyway, but that is a subject for another post. Perfect, mature, complete. Strive for it.

Perfect? Do you KNOW who I live with, work with, etc?

This is a difficult task in the world we live in. There are many people with whom we come in contact who are so much less than perfect! By the way, we are also less than perfect, but working on it. In dealing with them, we need to remember how God has dealt with them. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Not an easy task, but a necessary one!

God bless!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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