Sold out

Posted on September 2, 2016 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

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A man was walking in a field and came across something that was buried in the ground. In a moment his life changed forever. What he found caused him to immediately sell all of his personal possessions and then buy this field with its great treasure. He sold out to gain the treasure.

People sell out for treasure all time. The question is, how valuable is that treasure? We have just witnessed the Olympic spectacle. There are countless stories of people selling out to win the gold.

What about you? What are you sold out for? What do your children think is your greatest treasure?

Would they say it is knowing Christ, based on the way that you talk and the things that you buy for them and for yourself? Do those that are closest to you  see you overwhelmed with the treasure of Christ?

Winning the gold medal brings instant recognition. In some of the more high-profile events that recognition may last a life time. The gold medal opens many doors. Most who win gold say it was worth the price.

But then one day the gold medal winner comes to the end of life on earth. The medal that opened doors and won respect on earth is shown to God. Only God is not impressed with gold medals. Our gold medal winner sold out for something less than the best.

These are times of political uncertainty and economic fears. But these are also times to be blown away by the awesome joy of knowing the One who rules over all of these things. Jesus Christ is your life! Ask God to give your life the credibility of having Christ be your greatest treasure. He is the only treasure worthy of selling out for.

Spend time in the Word, and spend time in meditation on the love of Christ. Pray for the eyes of your heart to be opened to the joy of your salvation, your greatest treasure.

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 (Matthew 13:44).

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.