God gave His ALL, in Jesus Christ, to make all of this possible, and so in view of all that God has done for us, may the words of this song be our prayer…
Did you know that you are God’s treasure?
The parable of the treasure in the field appears in Matthew 13:44-45.
Who or what does it represent?
I used to think that the man who found the treasure in the field and the merchant who found the pearl of great value refer to believers.
When they found God (the treasure and the pearl), they give up everything to believe in and follow God.
After further study of these verses, it became very clear to me that It was actually God who bought us with Jesus.
He sent Jesus to be the atonement and sacrifice to reconcile us to Himself.
I realised that I can offer NOTHING to “buy” God. God cannot be BOUGHT!
The man and the merchant, referred to in this parable, refer to God Himself, He was the one who sold everything (Jesus) to obtain the field and therefore the right to the treasure.
And He was the merchant who sold EVERYTHING to buy the pearl of great value.
The value of anything is determined by what people are willing to pay for it.
As God began to open up the meaning of these verses to me, I began to realize that the greatest price ever paid for anything in the history of the world was the price that God the Father paid that our sins may be forgiven and that we could be reconciled back into His family.
That price was Jesus. God sold EVERYTHING in order to buy me.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER would believe in Him (was born-again and receive Him as both LORD and SAVIOR of their life), that they alone should have eternal life.
God paid the price, in full on Calvary’s Cross, that ONLY those people, who are born-again can be saved and reconciled back into God’s family!
The rhema revelation in the above scripture is that God is talking to each one of us, individually; and He would have given the life of His Son if we were the only one in the world to benefit from it.
Just as we read about Abraham, in Genesis 22, when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham and Sarah had waited all their life, until it was physically impossible, in the natural, for Sarah to bear children.
In Romans 4:16-22 we are told, speaking of Abraham the father of faith…
“That God’s blessings are given to us by faith, as a free gift; we are certain to get them whether or not we follow Jewish customs if we have faith like Abraham’s, for Abraham is the father of us all when it comes to these matters of faith.
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say that God made Abraham the father of many nations.
God will accept all people in every nation who trust God as Abraham did.
And this promise is from God himself, who makes the dead live again and speaks of future events with as much certainty as though they were already past.
So, when God told Abraham that he would give him a son who would have many descendants and become a great nation, Abraham believed God even though such a promise just couldn’t come to pass!
And because his faith was strong, he didn’t worry about the fact that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety, was also much too old to have a baby.
But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened.
He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything he promised.
And because of Abraham’s faith God forgave his sins and declared him “not guilty.”
You have to know how precious Isaac was to both Abraham and Sarah, after so many years of waiting and then finally having God do this wonderful miracle, and do they impossible, in order to honor His promise that he had given to them 25 years ago, when Abraham was 75 years old.
The lesson here is that, whatever promise God has given us, though it may not come when we are expecting it, but nevertheless, it will eventually come to pass, if we keep our hope, trust and reliance upon Jesus, and hold on to our faith!
God was testing Abraham here, and another lesson that we can learn from these verses is that when God gives you a gift, it doesn’t really become yours to enjoy, until you give it back to Him.
As this story turned out, in Genesis 22, God’s spared Isaac, but 1800 years later was when God the Father offered His only begotten Son, for us on Calvary’s Cross.
This gift of salvation, so it comes to us free of charge, it did not come cheap!
So as it says in Romans 8:32,
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
God’s plan for us cost Him dearly.
He “did not spare His own Son” (cf. Gen. 22).
Having made the greatest possible sacrifice for us already, we can be assured that He will also do WHATEVER else may be necessary (“give us all things”) to conform us to the image of His Son (cf. 2 Pet. 1:3).
Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, He will not save you?
Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you?
Then these verses are especially for you.
If God gave His Son for you, He isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation!
If Jesus gave His life for you, why would He turn around and condemn you?
He will not withhold anything you need to live for Him.
The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to both you and me.
So with all of this in mind, let’s read the following scripture, taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus is instructing His disciples how to live a life that is dedicated to and pleasing to God, free from hypocrisy, full of love and grace, full of wisdom and discernment.
Matthew 6:6-15, 25-31
The Message Bible
6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.
Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.
The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant.
They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.
Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.
With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.”
14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.
If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion.
There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.
Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.
And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference?
Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers.
They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?
The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.
People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.
Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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