Aug 29, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: The Parables of the Hidden Treasure… and the Underpants

“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. 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


                                                                                          -Matthew 13:44-46


My boys and I went out to breakfast this morning and talked about this passage and what it meant. We talked about how the folks in the example gave up everything to gain something of great worth. We talked about what heaven would be like and what it would mean for us to give up everything in life to gain heaven.  

The last thing we do each week as we leave our Bible study is to commit to take some action based on what we learned.  My five year old piped up. “Dad, I am going to give up my underpants.”  I asked why he came up with this, assuming he was acting in concern for children around the world who couldn’t afford new underpants or some other charitable notion. Nope.  “I want to wear them on my head dad.”  He and his brother snickered.  I wish I could say I have no idea where they get this stuff but I know the source – one of the great literary pieces that my boys love is the book Underwear! by Mary Elise Monsell.


Enough of that...

The first verse above said that the man, in his joy, went and sold what he had.  He was not concerned with his current possessions but only that treasure.  Too often, I am overly concerned with today.

What would it mean for you to sell everything, and with a sense of joy, pursue that eternal treasure?

A good friend of mine, whom I have mentioned before, decided to sell his prized possession and to donate the money to a ministry.  I wrote a bit about it here.  He said that the exercise loosened his grip on this world and was very liberating.

What are your thoughts on this?

Is there a possession that you could go without as a reminder of eternity? (Underpants is not an acceptable answer.)
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