On Sunday, we observed the Lord’s Supper here at our church. It is always a special service and time of remembrance. It is a call to evaluate our lives (1 Corinthians 11:28) and identify with Christ’s death. In my own walk, I often think about what level, if any, of sacrifice I am committed to. It is certainly not popular or the norm for people to give up anything in our culture. We are selfish by nature and by pattern. Yet, Christ does ask us to risk it all for Him. If we are not careful, we may end up happy with comfortable lives instead of content in what the Lord has called us to.
I want to share some great truth with you today. It is not new truth. It is, however, the only truth. God is the one who determines what truth is, and this is what He says: “‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.'” (Matthew 13:44-46) The cost is great.
I want to point out three simple, but key things about this parable that Jesus told. First, the kingdom of heaven is valuable. Christ compares it to treasure and fine pearls. It is worth the risk. Second, I love that the kingdom of heaven is available to those who stumble upon the truth of it and to the one who is seeking. The man in the field was not looking for the treasure. He simply found it. The merchant, however, was seeking the fine pearls, and he also found them. Finally, those who find the kingdom of heaven are willing to give up everything with joy when they have done so.
This parable comes in relation to the disciples who have forsaken their homes, families, and jobs to follow Christ. Many of the disciples were martyred for their faith. Christ himself knew what the kingdom of heaven was worth. He left His thrown of glory to come to earth. He died in obedience to His father so that we might inherit that kingdom when we place our trust in Him as the Lord of our life. Giving up your home, your family, your job, and your life do not sound like the Christianity preached primarily today. It is, however, exactly what Jesus had in mind.
You see, to be one of Christ’s, it is not just going to cost us something. It is going to cost us everything! Are you truly living your life as a disciple? Are you sacrificing anything for the Gospel? Don’t avoid the call to share Jesus with everyone. Seek the kingdom. Ask Christ to use you in an amazing way. And be ready for Him to do so. Be ready to give up your comfortable, American dream. Be ready to count the cost. He is worth it. A relationship with the triune God is more than worth it. Christ has called you out. Respond with joy!