The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals for September 29 and 30 are provided by Pastor David Kwon, who is the Lead Pastor of Journey Community Church, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
“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. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Recently, I read a story about a man named Michael Rorrer of Virginia who, while cleaning out his great aunt’s home following her death, unexpectedly found a chest full of old comic books—345 in total. As he was going through them, he realized that many of these comic books were rare collectables such as the original comic with the first appearance of Superman and the first issue of Batman. Then it suddenly dawned on Rorrer that he had come upon a great wealth of treasure. So, he immediately went to a local pawnshop where it was estimated that the entire collection was worth $3.5 million!
In today’s passage, Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as a great treasure. In the parable, we read about two men who found something very valuable, so much so that they were willing to give up all for it. It is a great picture of what is it like when we gain Jesus in our lives. Friends, do you realize what a priceless treasure it is to gain the Kingdom of Heaven? In Christ we find all that we truly need: eternal life and the purpose for which why we exist on this earth.
Furthermore, we need to see that joy was the motivation that led both to sell all that they had to buy the precious field and pearl, respectively; in fact, it was a pleasure to give it all up. The idea is what the treasure is compared to—it is compared to what they had. The conclusion: There is nothing in my possession that is worth more than Jesus; he is to be treasured.
So, don’t treat Jesus as if he is just another important person in your life. He is not just another source for your life to get richer and happier; he is not just an add-on. Jesus is “the life” (Jn. 11:25)! He is everything to us! Notice that both men in these parables had to leave literally everything else to possess this treasure. That is the requirement to live the kingdom life: No conditions. No refusals. No half-hearted commitment. Would that be how we would describe our relationships to Jesus? If not, what is getting in the way of following Christ with all that we have?
So then, take some time today to treasure him. Spend time treasuring him in the Word and worship. CS Lewis in his book “The Weight of Glory” put is like this: “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Prayer: Lord, may we treasure Christ with all that we are. I pray that we would be willing to let go of everything else to gain more of him. Amen!
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Kings 2-3