Summary: Only Christianity is able to give us real security
What would you do to have real security?
People do all sorts of things don’t they?
Security through hard work
Security through relationships
Security through personal achievement
These are some ways that people seek to find security. But what many people find is that, in the end, security is illusive.
Hard work does not always result in financial gain.
Relationships don’t live up to expectations.
Personal achievements can be overshadowed by others.
Security is illusive.
BUT WHAT IF IT DIDN’T NEED TO BE?
WHAT IF YOU COULD HAVE TOTAL SECURITY?
That is the eternal question isn’t it. What we want … what the world wants … more than anything else is security.
Well today I am going to make you an offer – the offer of having total security.
It is an offer that can adequately deal with your questions about the future.
It’s an offer that brings you through times of uncertainty.
It’s an offer which fills your hunger for acceptance.
But it is also an all-or-nothing offer. If you want real security you need to find it God’s way – or else you will never find it.
With those thoughts in mind let’s have a look at the Bible passage we want to focus on this morning.
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
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.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
These words were spoken by Jesus they are a parable – in fact it is two parables. Two short parables which teach the same truth. What truth is so important that it needs to be repeated twice in the space of only a few verses?
Being in God’s family is so valuable it calls us to give up everything.
A man finds a treasure in a field.
I always find renovations a time of excitement, especially ones which mean pulling out walls and cupboards. After all I might find something hidden there. Maybe in this sophisticated world this is an unrealistic dream. It doesn’t happen much today but it was a common occurrence in the days of Jesus. Palestine was a country frequently ravished by war. To protect their possessions home-owners often buried their treasure in a field. When the owner of a buried treasure died or was forcefully driven from the land the treasure would be lost forever unless someone discovered it. So, in those days, it would happen that a person who was ploughing or digging in a field could accidentally come across a treasure.
Now some people might think the man is being sneaky – burying what he has found. However Jewish rabbinic law said that "if a man finds scattered fruit or money, it belongs to the finder." By hiding the treasure again this man is not being dishonest. In fact he had the right to take the treasure straight away. But he doesn’t. He sells everything he has to buy the land and get the treasure.