Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 27, 2018

“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.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 10:24-39.

“24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.  25 It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master.  If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light;  and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.  28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul;  but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 So do not fear;  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.  33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth;  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  35 For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;  36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me;  and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.”  Matthew 10:24-39.

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Many go to a particular church and continue to stay there primarily just because their family goes there even though the preaching and teaching is not what it should be.  In the language of verse 37, they love their son or daughter more than Christ.

Many preachers and teachers hide or obscure or minimize or ignore the preaching and teaching of the pure doctrine of the gospel to either please and not offend their congregation and new seekers rather than, in the language of verse 27, proclaiming the truth on the housetops.

Today’s Scripture continues the recent theme of the sharp focus, singular devotion, and supreme cost of following Christ that we see in Matthew Chapter 7 and other Scriptures.

“Enter through the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.

“And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?”  And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door;  for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  Luke 13:23-24.

“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.

“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 13:44-46.


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