The scripture for today is Matthew 13:44
Matthew 13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven 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.
The natural inclination is to trade something that is less valuable for something that is of more value to us. The value, however, is perceived value. It is the perception of the value of the thing traded and the thing acquired that determines the action of the individual. The one who perceives the value of their soul will do anything to save it and will give up everything to secure that salvation. They perceive that the treasure of eternal salvation is of far greater worth than all that they own, and any sacrifice is not too great a price to pay to secure it.
“This parable illustrates the value of the heavenly treasure and the effort that should be made to secure it. The finder of the treasure in the field was ready to part with all that he had, ready to put forth untiring labor, in order to secure the hidden riches. So the finder of heavenly treasure will count no labor too great and no sacrifice too dear, in order to gain the treasures of truth.
In the parable, the field containing the treasure represents the Holy Scriptures. And the gospel is the treasure. The earth itself is not so interlaced with golden veins and filled with precious things as is the word of God.” Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 104
“The gospel is valuable as such a treasure, Psalms 19:10; Proverbs 3:13-15. From most men it is hid. When a man sees it and hears it, it is his duty to sacrifice all in the way to his obtaining it; and to seek it with the earnestness with which other men seek for gold. The truth often lies buried; it is like rich veins of ore in the sacred Scriptures; it must be searched out with diligence; and it will repay him for all his sacrifices." Albert Barnes
May our perception of the great value of what God offers to each one of us be clear. May we choose to forsake the world and the things of the world, giving up all, to secure that which has a value that is immeasurable.
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3:8
God bless you as you continue in His service.