DAY 209 OF 365 IN 2021

Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Today’s text got me thinking form two perspectives: one from the perspective of the finder of the treasure and another from the owner of the field.

With regards to the former, I asked questions such as ‘how did he end up on that specific field?’ how did he assess that the value of the treasure was worth all his possessions? Why hide it again after finding it ? These are questions worthy of consideration in their own right however, it is the questions directed towards the owner of the field which will be the focus of our reflection.

Just one trigger question stands above the myriad: did the owner not know what sat beneath his land? There are many two very likely answers: they didn’t know at all, or knew but didn’t value it as a treasure. On that note the question I want to ask you is this “what are you sitting on?”  The expected answer is not the current physical location of your body while sitting, I ask about the untapped treasures that lie within your vicinity.

Perhaps we stand in the shoes of the owner of the field who ended up selling the field for a significant sum either unaware of the treasures that lay within or without any assessment of the value those treasures may have held. Beloved, one of the hardest outcomes to come to terms with is to end up trading diamonds for stones because we did not know they were there or we did not deem them as valuable as we ought to.

Because of the nature of the God who created us, we are goldmines. We are surrounded by opportunities and are full of resources and the capacity to become people of value and influence to the world and to the Kingdom of God. So just before you resign yourself to a life of mediocrity, ask yourself “what am I sitting on?”


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