Whatever our aspirations, we are encouraged to know what we want from life and then to go after it. Jesus told these stories as parables of the kingdom of God, starting each with “the kingdom of heaven is like”. The good news (the ‘glad tidings’) of the kingdom of God is shown as something of huge value to those who find it. However we come across the Bible’s true message, we find something of infinite worth, far more precious even than treasure or pearls. The Apostle Paul helps us here when he writes that trying to be godly has “the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
Then the gospel gives us hope for the future, to be part of the kingdom of God and to worship Him for ever in a perfect world.
Having found this precious hope, we need to follow the example of the men in Jesus’ parables and do whatever we need to take hold of it.
Paul had a great profile in the religious world of the Jews, and would even have enjoyed a certain celebrity status.
In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophet Malachi to give comfort to people who were trying to do the right thing. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
Ask any child if giving is better than receiving and they’ll most likely strongly disagree.

As all around the world today, people celebrate Jesus as our Passover Lamb, we remember that he was perfect in every way, something that simply isn’t possible for us.
About this BlogSeek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Custom Made Sunday School Puzzles 08:32 By Philologus Puzzles are great for the kids. Real Riches 11:26 By Dave Today’s world places great value on money and its close relative ‘celebrity’. In fact, this also applies to very worthy personal goals, such as helping the needy, being a good parent or supporting the community. He recognised its value and quickly made sure that he wouldn’t lose it while he purchased the field. They come in a sequence of parables about the response, lifestyle and priorities now, of those people who will form part of the future kingdom of God (or ‘the kingdom of heaven’, the two terms are interchangeable) when Jesus returns to the earth. Some of us find it almost by accident, through a casual word from a friend or something we happen to read.
We can understand the world and our place in it, and we can face whatever difficulties it presents with perspective and the knowledge that a loving God cares for us. It is a strong phrase and means to seize, hold on to or take possession of; exactly what Jesus was talking about. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:7–8).

In each case, we are used to the idea of putting effort and focus into the right things – getting our priorities fixed. It’s clear that he really wanted the treasure; he went off with excitement and joy, and didn’t hold back when he had to sell everything he had so that he could afford to buy the field. When he came across that particular pearl, the amazingly valuable one, he too sold all he had and bought it.
Others of us may search for years, sure that there is something of worth but taking time to identify it. A modern example might be a rugby tackle, where the person throws them-self into it and holds on until they have full control of their target.
Now this was a man who knew his business, who was already trading in pearls, and recognised something so exceptional that it was worth all of his goods and wealth put together. God heard and He promised to remember them, especially when He sends Jesus to set up the kingdom.
The cool, calculating businessman had made the deal of his life and committed everything to it.

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