Devotion and Prayer for Week of July 27, 2014

Meditation for the Week of July 27, 2014

  “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”   Matthew 13:44

 

Have you ever wanted something so valuable that you have saved and saved and saved your money until you could buy it? Or like the parable talks about, have you ever sold everything to buy what you really want? It’s something not hard to imagine, is it? Think about if you knew that there was a parcel of land that was over a nearly unending supply of oil. You would be willing to pay a very hefty price for that land, wouldn’t you? After all, the return would be immense, possibly making you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams and expectations.

Do you think about the Kingdom of God in this way?  Are you truly willing to give up everything for the Kingdom? Are you willing to give up all of your belongings? Are you willing to give up all of your possessions? What about your very life? If someone were to threaten to kill you for your faith in Christ, would you be willing to confess that faith in the face of danger?

While you might be able to answer that you are willing to give your life, the reality is you truly have not given your all for the Kingdom of God. You have not given up every last one of your sins. You have not given up every last one of your thoughts, which is contrary to our Lord’s will, as He has said, “We take captive every thought making it obedient to Christ.” You have not done this, not perfectly. And neither have I.

But thanks be to God, there is One who has. Jesus took captive every single one of His thoughts and aligned them with the will of God. What is even better though is that He is the One who gave up all of the riches that were His in Heaven to purchase His church, which is His field. In His great love for us, Jesus gave up everything, not utilizing His power, or His might when He well could have. But He gave up all of this so that in weakness He would be crucified for the sins of our whole world – His life a ransom for ours. But thanks be to God, He was also raised again showing us the receipt of the purchase, showing us that the transaction went through.

What an incredible blessing we have in our God who has redeemed us through the blood of Christ, and has made us His own, purchasing us to be His children. He has done all of this out of His desire to have us with Him eternally. This is His joy and the thing for which He was willing to sell everything. Hard to believe, but it’s true. Amen.

Our Weekly Prayer

Lord Jesus, I give you thanks that in Your great love, you gave up the whole of the riches of Heaven to die for me. Grant me to always trust in this love, and to love others as You have loved me. Amen.