“Again, the kingdom…is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom…is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13: 44-46)
These short parables present a beautiful picture of joyful, total commitment to King Jesus and to His kingdom. They say to us, “If Jesus is anything to you then He is everything to you, because until Jesus is everything to you, He isn’t really anything to you.”
They also say to us that we have not really seen the kingdom of which Jesus is teaching until we see that this kingdom is the greatest thing we have ever seen. The kingdom for which Jesus is recruiting subjects, is worthy of a joyful total commitment from those who follow Him. These parables teach that we will never really understand or appreciate the kingdom until we are joyfully willing to surrender everything we have, and everything we are, to the King Who leads this kingdom.
Decades ago, a group of nuns made recordings when they were on leave from their sacrificial work as medical missionaries in Africa. “The Singing Nuns” as they were called sang, “A man found a treasure, it was hidden in a field. He bought the whole field for joy. He bought the whole wide field for joy!” They obviously knew by real life experience the meaning of these parables.
The application of these parables is not just for singing nuns – it is for me and for you.