Trying hard to remember why I sold it all…

November 16, 2007

I was really challenged by a letter I received recently from Desiring God Ministries entitled “Remember Why You Sold Everything.”

In it, Desiring God director, Jon Bloom, referenced Matthew 13:44; The kingdom of heaven is like 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.”

Bloom later noted, “What this parable doesn’t tell us is how difficult it was for the man between the time he sold everything and the time he had full, complete access to and experience of the treasure. It doesn’t describe the moments he wondered if the treasure had been an illusion, the fears that he might lose it, the temptation to buy back what he had sold, the hardship of not knowing if he could make ends meet while he waited.”

That’s where we are, isn’t it? Living between the ‘now’ and ‘not yet’ of the promises of God, knowing full well that God is beautiful and amazing and all that we really need, but experientially often feeling distant, and even in our best moments not yet attaining that face-to-face experience that we one day hope for. I want to see Jesus…usually. Some days, however, the edge wears off, and even the most intense spiritual experiences are easily forgotten – if not by our head, at least by our heart, which seems to too often run the show anyhow – and we are left wondering, “Am I nuts? Is God real? Am I living in a dream?” Thank God, indeed, that faith is a gift of God – we are ultimately in His hands, and He can be trusted with us – even our fickle, forgetful hearts.

God, please continue to remind us of why we sold it all…

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

– Psalm 16:11

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3 Responses to “Trying hard to remember why I sold it all…”

  1. Amanda said

    Thank you for this. More much needed encouragement! 🙂

  2. Chris said

    Hey Shannon – found your blog from a comment somewhere. Good stuff! I’ve added you to my reader and will link you when I do my next update.

  3. therev1 said

    As a minister I don’t like to witness in-fighting among the saints. Paul the Apostle wrote a letter to
    the Galatians, and in the 5th chapter he describes “the work of the flesh” versus “the fruit of the Spirit”. It is in all humility that I would like to offer you another interpretation of Mat. 13:44, and I pray that it blesses you!

    Rom. 3:23 states “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” However, I Cor. 3:16 informs us that we “are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.” Typically in the Bible, the field is a representation of the world, or worldliness. So, the “hidden treasure” is God’s Holy Spirit residing inside of us – THE FIELD!

    As the field we have nothing of value to make a purchase. That’s why we praise Jesus (Jehovah is salvation) because He saw “treasure” in us and gave all that He had (His blood) to buy the “field” (or world)!

    “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (I Cor. 6:20).

    All praise and glory to God, His Christ, and His Holy Spirit! I thank Him for working through you, and I pray that you continue to be a willing vessel!

    God bless you!

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