READ: Matthew 13:44-46
- You see the signs regularly. Some store is having a liquidation sale. In other words, everything is being sold. Nothing is to be held back. That’s the description Jesus uses in the parables. The man (v44) and the merchant (v45), liquidate all their assets to buy their respective finds. The text is clear; they hold nothing back. Everything they have is sold to accumulate the resources necessary for their purchases.
- This is the challenge of the parables. How much do we think the Kingdom of Heaven is worth? What are we willing to sacrifice to be a part of God’s Kingdom. Since it isn’t a commodity which we buy, but a relationship in which we engage, the cost is not financial (though for most, it involves our finances). Since you can’t actually buy a membership in the Kingdom, this has to be about what has hold of our hearts.
- What is there in our life that has more value than the Kingdom? Would we hold on to our pride? What about our power? Or, position? Would we hang on to a pet sin or an attitude? Would we refuse to give up a human relationship? What would hold us so tightly that we would rather lose the Kingdom than be with it? And why? What would make it more valuable to us than knowing God?
- How do you answer those last questions? What is it for you that challenges your allegiance to God?
- Why do you think people are willing to sacrifice God on the altar for anything else?
- How do you persuade people to consider the worth of the Kingdom of Heaven?
PRAY: Pray for those who are far from the Kingdom. Ask God to help you live a winsome Kingdom life. Ask God to use the church to model a Kingdom life.