“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.” – Matthew 13:44
HGTV had a television series called Million Dollar Rooms. During the show the host walks through rooms which by themselves totaled over a million dollars to construct. These rooms might be bathrooms, kitchens, or game rooms. One line heard throughout the series from owners is that these extravagant rooms are worth every penny. To the average American, who would spend a million dollars on a bathroom? And for that matter, who would spend a million dollars on any one room? It seems a bit excessive, doesn’t it? Obviously the values attributed to things vary among people. Some people in various parts of the world consider indoor plumbing a luxury they can live without while others find the thought of drinking clean water through the tap to be revolting.
Jesus’ words found in Matthew, however, apply to every person, rich or poor. The kingdom of heaven is worth more than anything we can own on this earth. When we say, “Yes!” to Christ we are giving Him control of what we have on this earth. We are declaring that what He promises is better than what we already have or what we could obtain in our own power.
What is God asking you to relinquish control of right now? If we are holding onto it, unwilling to give it up, it is because we do not think it is worth it. We do not recognize the value of the treasure available to us after we let the other go. The man could not purchase the field until he had sold everything else. And we cannot receive from God what He has promised us until we let go of what He asked us to put away.