“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes an sells all that he has and buys that field” – Matthew 13:44
This past Sunday Pastor Jody, senior pastor of New Hope Community Church, spoke on Matthew 13:44. What I drew out of the message was the concept of “all-in.” This man in the verse is “all-in” for the treasure; he sees the great treasure and recognizes its value which takes precedence over everything owns. This is the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven should be of utmost importance to us, it should take precedence over everything in our lives. This is a hefty call and making the kingdom of heaven our first priority comes at high price that requires change. But the scriptures promise us that seeking His kingdom first will pay off. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33. Ladies and gentlemen that is a promise! God promises us that if we seek His kingdom first will obtain His righteousness, the righteousness of God!
Now it’s not all flowers and roses. In the verses before verse 33 Jesus is telling his listeners to not be anxious about their necessities (e.g. food, water, shelter etc.). God is not promising us a life rich in the flesh but a life rich in the spirit. Jesus is saying that if we seek the kingdom of God first our needs will be met but more importantly we will obtain divine righteousness.
Seeking His kingdom first requires complete surrender; but its a joyful and thankful surrender, an “all-in” surrender. I believe an “all-in” commitment to the kingdom is not only a requirement but also a response. A real and genuine recognition yields a genuine response. A genuine recognition of that treasure mentioned in Matthew 13:44 led the man to a radical response: selling everything he owned. If and when we have this genuine recognition of the kingdom our response to be “all-in,” and giving up everything we own, will be a genuine surrender.
Seeking the kingdom first is much different from simply seeking the kingdom. I wonder how many people walked right past that treasure not even knowing it, or even worse I wonder how many people found it and did not recognize it value? This is another point Pastor Jody touched on: not all will see the treasure of the kingdom of God. But to those of you who do, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” And for those who do not see the value of the kingdom, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Today I challenge you to make God and His kingdom your first priority.