Day 92: April 2, 2013

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Today's Reflection

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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.

—Matthew 13:44

Silas Dogood, A Bullwhip, and An Ordinary World
by Brandon Abbott,

My grandfather received a metal detector for Christmas, and my 6-year-old son couldn’t have been more excited.

Now that the weather is warmer, the three of us have been exploring the back yard, waiting and willing that battery-powered machine to make noise—any noise. Surely there are secrets buried deep beneath the fescue that time forgot.

For a kid, the allure of hidden treasure is inescapable. There’s mystery and adventure in the idea that just beyond the surface of our ordinary world awaits a magical trove of riches and fortune.

Our heroes search for treasure. Benjamin Gates searched for a national treasure. Indiana Jones risked it all to raid the lost ark.

Even as adults, we still search for hidden treasure.  We may not carry along the Silas Dogood Letters or a bullwhip. We may not even use a metal detector. But we still wander from place to place, looking for that big X on the map.

There has to be more to life than what we can see on the surface. It’s an idea that shines with promise and hope. Jesus tells us this is exactly what the kingdom of heaven is like. In the midst of our ordinary lives, just beneath the surface, lies a vast treasure of immeasurable value.

In fact, our parable’s protagonist finds it so valuable that he gives up everything he has just to be able to lay legitimate claim to the treasure. And he does so with joy.

What he stumbles on is something he immediately sees as worth more than anything he has. So he cashes out. He doesn’t stop to consider it. He doesn’t seek an appraisal. He doesn’t even pause to wonder what his friends will think.

The kingdom of heaven is a game changer. It’s an immeasurable treasure that’s there for the taking if we simply look for it. We can’t fit it in our pockets or carry it in our backpacks with our other belongings. It won’t fit in our safety deposit box or under our mattress.

We’ll have to let go of everything else in our lives to make room for it. It’s that big. And it’s worth it—worth much more than anything we could trade for it.

In fact, we can’t even buy it. Jesus already gave everything he had to seal that deal. This treasure isn’t marked with an X, but with a cross. So today, as we step through our ordinary world, I wonder what might happen if we look for the treasure that’s right in front of us.

And if we happen to see God at work, will our hearts light up and sound an alarm? Will we be ready to drop what we’re doing, to let go of our calendars and commitments, to put aside our wants and desires, and “buy that field?”

Reflection Questions

  1. What’s your field? Work? Home? A circle of friends?
  2. How do you see God working and building His kingdom in that “field"?
  3. What will you have to go and sell in order to buy in to this work? Fear? Pride? Expectations?

About the Author

Brandon Abbott
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Brandon Abbott serves on the staff of Brentwood Baptist Church as Marketing Director, helping to manage the major messages of the church and its ministries. When he’s not at work, Brandon spends his time at home in Thompson’s Station where he builds websites, writes a novel that never seems to end, and hangs out with the people he loves most, his wife and three kids. Brandon and his family attend The Church at Station Hill, where Brandon serves as a LIFE Group coach and plays drums for the Worship Team. You can learn more about Brandon and read more of his devotions and short stories at www.brandonabbott.org.