God: The Greatest Treasure

Intro

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “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.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

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 (Matthew 13:44–46).


Illustration

Mind

  • What are these parables trying to tell us about the Kingdom of Heaven? What is it like?

Motive

What motivated the man in parable to sell all that he had? What was he feeling?

“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 (Matt. 13:44).


  • What does that motivation tell us about the way we should see the Kingdom of heaven?

  • Do you see God’s Kingdom with such value that you would give any earthly thing away to have it? Why or why not?


"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him."– John Piper

“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.” – C. S. Lewis

Memory Verse

11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).



Mission

Everything you know or love in this world was made by God. You can appreciate things, and even love certain things in this world, but you must trace them back to their source. We must love God as ultimate, not what he makes. Here’s how Romans 1 says it:

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen (Romans 1:20–25).

C.S. Lewis gets it right in his “Meditations In A Tool Shed” when he says,

I was standing today in the dark toolshed. The sun was shining outside and through the crack at the top of the door there came a sunbeam.

From where I stood that beam of light, with the specks of dust floating in it, was the most striking thing in the place. Everything else was almost pitch-black. I was seeing the beam, not seeing things by it.

Then I moved, so that the beam fell on my eyes. Instantly the whole previous picture vanished. I saw no toolshed, and (above all) no beam. Instead I saw, framed in the irregular cranny at the top of the door, green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside and beyond that, 90 odd million miles away, the sun.

Looking along the beam, and looking at the beam are very different experiences.

We usually just pay attention to what the sunbeam is shining on, but we need to let our eyes travel up the beam to look at the source.

  • Is there anything that you need to give up today so that you can buy the pearl or the field?

  • What is holding you back from having your whole joy in Christ?


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to help you see His unmatched majesty. Ask him to give you a heart that would joyfully give up anything if it meant having Christ.

Further Study

  • John Piper Sermon: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-kingdom-of-heaven-is-a-treasure