Do I Elevate the Value of the King?
Posted Dec 22, 2016 by Kris Eldridge in Missions
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. – Matt. 13:44-46
I was listening to the radio a few days ago and heard the season of Christmas referred to as a “crazy train.” Unfortunately, I have found that assessment to be true. Set against the fast pace and frenzy of the season is the intentional attempt on the part of Christians to focus more on the person of Jesus. For the most part, I think that we do a good job of focusing and meditating more on Jesus during this season. Many, if not most of us, have traditions that we do with our family to remember the birth of our Savior… we have birthday parties for Jesus, hang stockings for Jesus, sing more songs about Him, celebrate Advent, Christmas plays, and so on.
My concern, however, is that once Christmas is over, our elevation of Jesus is often also over. Read again the above passage from the book of Matthew. These parables of the hidden treasure and pearl speak about the value of God’s Kingdom. The Kingdom is simply the “King-reign of God in the lives of people and their context.” The main message of God’s Kingdom here is what? There is huge joy over the find! It is valuable, so much so, that the finder sells everything he has in exchange for the treasure. It is worth everything. There is a 100% response from the finder. He has no second guesses.
It is easy for each one of us to intellectually assent to the above parable. We know it is true. We know there are implications for how we live beyond our internal spiritual and cognitive processes. It is quite another thing, however, to live out what we read. Often, we walk away and become like the man in the mirror: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:22-24).” The simple fact is that we often don’t live out God’s Kingdom in our lives.
How about you? What will the Kingdom of God look like in your life during the months of January, February, March and so on? How will this parable affect how you do life? If you are in the workplace, will you be a lawyer (insert your occupation here) who also happens to be a Christian? Or, will you be a Christian who happens to be a lawyer. Notice the difference? The latter will look at ways to show and share Jesus through his/her occupation, while the former may not do anything with his/her faith in Christ. Are you a homemaker? Or are you a Christian who also happens to be a homemaker? The latter will focus on things such as sharing Jesus with her neighbors, will maybe start a neighborhood Bible study, or will find some other creative way to share her faith with those in her neighborhood.
This Christmas, my prayer for Fellowship (and myself) is that we will elevate God’s Kingdom in such a way that thousands will hear the Name of Jesus and will know of His Renown. May we all elevate Jesus!
Community Outreach Pastor
Fellowship Bible Church