Howe about: A Christ-centered; gospel focused thought from pastor and author, David Platt in his book, Radical.
“...We see the same thing in Matthew 13. There Jesus tells his disciples, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.’
I love this picture. Imagine walking in a field and stumbling upon a treasure that is more valuable than anything else you could work for or find in this life. It is more valuable than all you have now or will ever have in the future.
You look around and notice that no one else realizes the treasure is here, so you cover it up quickly and walk away, pretending you haven’t seen anything. You go into town and begin to sell off all your possessions to have enough money to buy that field. The world thinks you’re crazy. ‘What are you thinking?’ your friends and family ask you.
You tell them, ‘I’m buying that field over there.’
They look at you in disbelief. “That’s a ridiculous investment,’ they say. ‘Why are you giving away everything you have?’
You respond, ‘I have a hunch,’ and you smile to yourself as you walk away.
You smile because you know. You know that in the end you are not really giving away anything at all. Instead you are gaining. Yes, you are abandoning everything you have, but you are also gaining more than you could have in any other way. So with joy— with joy! you sell it all, you abandon it all. Why? Because you have found something worth losing everything else for.
This is the picture of Jesus in the gospel. He is something— someone— worth losing everything for. And if we walk away from the Jesus of the gospel, we walk away from eternal riches. The cost of nondiscipleship is profoundly greater for us than the cost of discipleship. For when we abandon the trinkets of this world and respond to the radical invitation of Jesus, we discover the infinite treasure of knowing and experiencing him.”1
Friends, do you realize that the gift of salvation offered by Jesus is this great treasure? What trinkets mesmerize you and capture your attention away from the greatest treasure? I believe that the more we understand how great a treasure we have in Christ, the more gladly we will seek Him, obey Him, and tell others about Him.
What do you do if you simply aren’t, “feeling it?” Please allow me to encourage you to stop what you are doing to seek Him through the Scriptures and prayer. If you can’t, then find a time in which you can get before God and plead with Him to reveal to you the greatness of knowing Him. Don’t give up. Don’t give up if He doesn’t arrive in a vision of a flaming chariot. Keep on digging and pleading with God. I believe God is pleased to have someone be diligent and persistent in seeking to find Him.
“… When you depended on Yahweh, He handed them over to you. 9 For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His…”
- 2 Chronicles 16:8b-9a
1Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Multnomah Books, 2010, pages 17-18.
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.