Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
The Value of the Kingdom – Part VI
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:44-52
Key Verse: Matthew 13:44
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
As you think about things to remove and add to your life as a Christ-follower, does it feel overwhelming? It can feel like a great burden unless we understand that God is very much in the improvement process. We do not achieve these changes by ourselves.
Think about the virtue of “moral excellence” that the Apostle Peter tells us to add to our lives. We live in a world of “immoral excellence”, and Hollywood makes it look like the norm.
Would it be possible to keep our minds and lives free of immoral thoughts and actions if God did not help us? I know that I need the Holy Spirit to prompt me.
Think about the biblical teachings on forgiveness. Jesus said that if we do not forgive others, our Father in heaven will not forgive us (Matthew 6:15). The Apostle Paul adds to this idea of biblical forgiveness when He told the Colossian Christ-followers:
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Is forgiveness an easy virtue to add to your life? It is not easy when others hurt you, especially when someone in your church has hurt you!
True forgiveness takes God’s Spirit working in us and determination to walk as Jesus walked.
One more example of the high cost of being a Christ-follower is the challenge given to the Colossian believers to get rid of anger and filthy language from their lives (Colossians 3:8). We may not get rid of all feelings of anger, but with God’s help we can control the sinful expressions of our anger and the language that comes out of our anger.
Yes, we should examine the cost of living as a Christ-follower, but we must not forget that where God guides, He provides.
When the Holy Spirit points something out that we need to remove or add, we can count on His help.
Remember that the Kingdom of God is of supreme value, and it is worthy of our best efforts to live worthy of this eternal Kingdom. When you truly “see” the Kingdom of God, you see a “pearl” of great value. Do whatever it takes to obtain it.
Father, I see the great value of Your Kingdom, and I am willing to pay the price to be a part of it. Please grant me Your strength each day. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.