Lay it down
Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52
Have you ever thought about what your salvation is worth to you? Do you even own anything worth more than your relationship with God? Our salvation was bought with God’s greatest and dearest treasure, His Son, Jesus. Do we as God’s children consider the risk God took when He sent Him? The scripture says that Jesus was tempted in all areas of life. He became a man and as a man, He was capable of falling under the power of sin by giving into the temptations He faced. Otherwise, it would not have been considered a temptation. God knew about this risk when He sent Jesus into the world to rescue us. It was like a covert operation and with any mission, there is the possibility of failure. It would have been a lie to say that Jesus was tempted in all areas if He was not able to sin as a man.
I think we sometimes get the idea that because God sent Jesus and He lived a perfect life, that there was no risk or sacrifice involved. Yet, it was not a sacrifice if there was no chance of losing. God gave His greatest treasure so that we could be brought back to Him through salvation.
In today’s passage, Jesus breaks it down for us. He said this is what it is like to live and operate in the Kingdom of Heaven. Everyone that is taught and learns about the way God’s kingdom operates will give out of their most priceless possessions, whether old or new. He was saying that as a child of God, we will be willing to give up all we have for God’s great love and salvation.
But is it really true? Am I willing to lay down all that I have for by relationship with God? Do I consider His love and grace my most precious possession? Would I be willing to give or sacrifice things old and new out of my treasure to promote kingdom progress? This is something I must consider as a believer so that if the day ever comes, I will be ready to lay it all down for Him.
Today I want to encourage you to think about how great His love is for you. Think about what it would be like to lose it all for the sake of the gospel. It isn’t a pleasant or fun thing to think about, but if you make the decision ahead of time, if the day ever comes that you are put to the test, you will pass it with flying colors.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 13:44-52
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,
48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
51 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”