“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46.
We wrongly tend to think that grace is cheap. We wrongly tend to think grace is common. We wrongly tend to think that grace does not cost anything.
But, grace is neither common nor inexpensive to produce.
Grace was not inexpensive to produce. It cost our Savior His life and great suffering along the way. If ever there was a time for God the Father to relent on His demand for justice, it was when His Son was on the cross. But, He required His Son to endure the full amount of suffering even to the point of death to pay for our sins.
Grace is not common. Grace is particular. Grace is given to only God’s elect for whom Christ died. God does not love everyone. Christ did not die for everyone.
Grace is not cheap for us too. Through God’s grace, we are called, regenerated, and otherwise empowered to seek that kingdom of heaven with our whole heart and all of our resources.
But, this language of “Sell your possessions and give to charity” is more figurative than literal. There is other Scripture that we must also consider. We have duties to support our family. We have duties to support the poor within our church. We have duties to support the preaching and other ministries of our church. There are other support duties as well.
Even within this Scripture, we see the goal of this giving is to “make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven”. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our heart will follow our money.
And, isn’t the kingdom of heaven, that “treasure hidden in the field”, worth all that we have?!
Isn’t the kingdom of heaven, that “pearl of great value”, worth all that we have?!
Isn’t the kingdom of heaven, that “unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys”, worth all that we have?!