Summary: Jesus used money and things to illustrate a spiritual point because everyone understands money. So if the kingdom of heaven is so valuable, why doesn’t everybody do everything they can to be a part of it? I think it’s because value is often in the eye o
I have always been a car nut. When I was fourteen I asked my dad if he was going to buy me a car when I turned 16. He told me that if I wanted a car, I had better start saving for one. So I did. I worked hard all summer helping to paint houses and stuck every penny I could into a savings account so that when I turned 16 I would have the coolest car in the world to drive around in. When I turned 15 I took my drivers permit as soon as I could and began driving with my parents in the car. I enjoyed driving but let’s face it, it’s hard to look cool and pick up chicks in your moms station wagon.
So I kept saving. Birthday money was banked, Christmas money was banked, and the money I received from lawn mowing and delivering papers was socked away. One day my dad came home from work and told me that a friend of his rebuilds cars and had a beautiful little red and black car that I should go look at. So I grabbed the keys, jumped into the family car and waited for my dad to join me so I could drive us there.
When we arrived at his friends house there was a black and red two door hatchback quietly resting on the side of the garage. With the giddy of a small child on Christmas morning I approached the car for an inspection. But long before I actually inspected it, I knew that this little baby was mine.
My dad and I negotiated a fair price for the car then dad’s friend said that it wasn’t quite done yet so I would have to come back in a couple of months. I could hardly wait to get my hands on the car but it was a good thing he needed more time to fix it because I didn’t have all the money anyway. So for the next two months I worked and worked and saved everything I could so that when the magic moment came I would have enough money to pay for the car.
When I saved up enough money my dad took me over to the man’s house to pick up the car. She was a beauty. It had everything I had ever dreamed about, four tires, a windshield, doors, and the promise of unlimited freedom lurking just overt the horizon.
After paying for the car I fired it up and realized that it was a stick shift and I had never driven a stick shift before. Somehow I managed to drive it home and even thought I stalled it at every intersection I was the proudest 15 and ¾ year old on the road that day. When we got home I just sat and drooled over my very own brand new used car. I had spent everything on something that was of great value to me. I washed it and waxed it and treasured it because I wanted a car more than anything else in the world.
Jesus wanted to let everyone know how valuable the kingdom of God is so he put it in such a way that everyone listening would understand. Jesus is continuing his talk to a large number of people who are seated on the side of a hill. He is out just a little ways from shore explaining that the kingdom of God is more valuable than treasure or other material objects. In Matthew 13 Jesus says:
44"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.