June 30, 2014

matthew13-44

Ecclesiastes 2:1-15; Matthew 13:44-52

For all his wisdom, King Solomon could not resolve the fact that his fate was the same as the fool’s. So what was the use of being wise? It is like the saying regarding chess pieces: “After the game, both the King and the Pawn go into the same box.”

That being the case, what is the use of striving after wisdom? Jesus gives us the answer in Matthew 13. Value is found not in the things of this world, but in the kingdom of heaven. Our Lord tells us that obtaining the kingdom of heaven is worth it, at all cost. He compared it to finding a treasure hidden in a field and a pearl of great value. Both are worthy of selling all one has in order to purchase them. While priceless to say the least, the kingdom of heaven is not something one can purchase at any price. Made possible by the blood of Jesus on the cross, believers enter freely because of his incredible sacrifice. Once we have received this gift, we recognize its value not only for ourselves, but for others. We now want everyone to know about the treasure of heaven. So we share its wisdom with others.

Prayer: Lord God, help to see the value in being a part of your kingdom and empower me to help others see its value as well, in Jesus’ name and for his sake. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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