The Holy Gospel: July 24, 2011 (Year A)

Read:  Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52

Meditation:  God’s Treasure

Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God is the primary way he wanted us to understand how things are intended to be here on earth.  He refers to the Kingdom of God as a “treasure.”

People expend large amounts of time and money going on treasure hunts.  As I write this, it has not been very long since a group of explorers found Blackbeard’s pirate ship off the Carolina coast.  Not only was there great rejoicing, there was also historical significance and actual economic bounty.  All the effort to conduct the search was well worth the results.

Jesus brought his section of parables to an end by calling the Kingdom of God our “treasure.”  It is his way of inviting us to explore this analogy as deeply as we can.  In fact, he said it’s worth selling everything we have to possess the field and the pearl.

I made an early exploration through E. Stanley Jones’ book, The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person.  What he wrote was itself a treasure—a treasure pointing to the Treasure.

Each day, millions of Christians pray “thy kingdom come.”  It is a recognition of this treasure, but it is also a disposition of our hearts not simply to be passive recipients of it, but active explorers of it.  Today is an opportunity to enlist ourselves by giving our all to the quest.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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