As Jesus is teaching his disciples, he tells them two short parables that have to do with heaven. In both, the joyful discovery of something trumps everything else in the finder’s life. It’s a quaint story if you don’t look into it too carefully. Once one equates “everything” with friends, family, favorite hobbies, your reputation, your obsessions, and your identity, the meaning of the parables becomes heavier. Again and again, Jesus calls us to follow him fully, knowing that our lives on Earth are temporary. To focus your eyes on heaven is to release your life into the only hands that can hold it. Doesn’t everything else pale in comparison to eternity?
Questions for further thought:
1. What in your life do you hold most precious?
2. What does the kingdom of heaven mean to you?
Challenge: What’s been on your mind? Take some time – it doesn’t have to be long – and practice handing these to God. If you need to write it on a piece of paper and then get rid of it, do that. Do what you must to release your life, piece by piece, to the one who can hold it.
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