Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 13:33-58
It is so subtle. We don’t even realize that it has happened. But somehow we allow our priorities to get out of order. God was at the head of the line…but now, He’s faded back to 2nd, or 3rd, or maybe even further. It’s not that we necessarily intentionally did so. It’s just that we did not intentionally keep it from happening. And, it’s not that we have allowed something bad to take priority in our life…but it’s just that we have not intentionally kept the best as the priority in our life. In this passage, Jesus really lowers the boom. He doesn’t say that keeping God first in our life should be “a” priority, or “one” priority. He says that keeping God first should be “the” priority. When we do that…then everything else will fall into its appropriate place. You can have everything the world has to offer, but not have God. But when you have God, then you have more than the world could ever offer. He is the treasure in the field.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Have you ever heard someone say, “That’s crazy money!” Usually, when they say that, they mean that something is worth a whole lot of money…a crazy amount of money. Let me tell you about a few things that are worth crazy money…
- One feather from a Huia bird…$10,000.00. The Huia bird lived in New Zealand until around 1900 when it went extinct. This feather was owned by a family and they auctioned it off.
- A parking space for a car in Manhattan (New York City)…$1,000,000.00.
- A magnetic floating bed…$1,600,000.00. Why are you so surprised? After all, it can support 2,000 pounds.
- A piano made out of crystal glass that was used in the Olympics in the Beijing (China) Olympics…$3,200,000.00.
- A photograph of water, grass, and a sidewalk taken in 1999 by German artist Andreas Gursky…$4,300,000.00.
- A gold-plated Bugatti Veyron (that’s a sports car) that was bought by a billionaire from the Middle-East…$10,000,000.00.
- A dead tiger shark in a giant aquarium filled with formaldehyde. It was made in 1991 by an English artist named Damien Hirst…$12,000,000.00.
- The domain name “Insure.com” was bought by a marketing firm in California…$16,000,000.00.
- A 201-carat gemstone (that’s the size of the stones) watch, it includes 874 diamonds, made by Chopard…$25,000,000.00.
- A 1963 Ferrari GTO (another car) bought by a car collector in the United Kingdom…$52,000,000.00.
- A 24-carat pink diamond named the “Graff” bought by a British billionaire…$46,000,000.00.
- A painting called “The Card Players”, painted by Paul Cezanne was bought by the Royal Family of Qatar in 2011…$275,000,000.00.
- The Villa La Leopolda (a private estate/home) on the French Riviera…$506,000,000.00.
- The Antilia is a 34-story private home in India owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani. It has 3 helicopter landing pads, a parking garage for 160 cars, and it takes a staff of 160 full-time employees to maintain it…$1,000,000,000.00.
- The “History Supreme” yacht (a big, big boat) is made of solid gold and platinum and it has statues in it that are made from dinosaur bones. It was bought by a businessman from Malaysia…$4,500,000,000.00.
Now, I’m pretty sure that you don’t own anything that even comes close to being as expensive as those items. In fact, I don’t know anyone at all who has things that expensive. The most expensive things that I have are my home and cars. But all of us could probably put together a list of things that are valuable to us. Things that we treasure. Things that are important and special to us. Things that we don’t want to give up.
I actually made a mistake just a moment ago when I told you that I don’t have anything that is as valuable as the items that are on the list. I guess it is time to tell you that I am really, really, really rich. Yep, I have something that is worth so much…that it is impossible to say how much it is actually worth. Want to know what it is? Heaven. Let me explain.
I told you yesterday that Jesus loved to teach people by telling them parables (an earthly story with a Heavenly meaning). And here He is, at it again. He tells two parables that have the same meaning. The first one is about a man who found a treasure in a field…maybe a diamond mine. So, he sells everything that he owns to make enough money so that he can buy the field. The second parable is about a man who was a jeweler. One day, he saw the most beautiful pearl he had ever seen…but he didn’t have enough money to buy it. So, he sold everything that he owned so that he would have enough money to buy it. In both parables Jesus started by saying, “the kingdom of Heaven is like a…”. In the first one He says it is like a “treasure hidden in a field” and in the second one He says it is like “one pearl of great value”. Then, in both parables, the men sell all that they have in order to be able to buy what they have found. In other words…Heaven is worth everything that we will ever, ever have. It is worth more than anything on earth. You could take the entire list of expensive items that I gave you before and put them all together…and the total would not even be close to the value of Heaven.
What was His point? In life, we always pay the most attention to what we value the greatest. We think about it. We take care of it. It determines what we do and how we live. That’s the way Heaven should be for us…because Heaven represents our relationship with God…and God is the most important thing in life. We should think about God in everything that we do. We should not let anything damage our relationship with Him. Everything in life should be determined by our relationship with God. When we do that…then we will have a true value on the things of this world. When we do that…then we will love God will all of our heart. Is there anything, anything at all, in your life…that you think is more valuable than your relationship with God? If so, then like the men in the parables, you need to stop and rearrange things. Do whatever is necessary to keep God first.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,