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Obtaining True Treasure
Posted on Jan. 15, 2012 2 Comments
All the kingdom parables seems to build on the two we talked about today. But what do they mean exactly? What does it mean to sell all you have to possess the kingdom? I’ve wrestled with this off and on my entire Christian life. It can’t mean literally sell everything can it? That doesn’t seem to be how the earliest Christians interpreted this. They continued to own property for instance.
When I think of what it has cost me personally to live in the kingdom the cost doesn’t seem that high. There’s been some financial sacrifices; but perhaps that was only because I was called to full time ministry where compensaiton has not always been on the same level as my contemporaries. Our kingdom priorities caused Liz to forgo her career as a teacher and be a stay-at-home mom. That was not really a sacrifice since she wanted to be a full time mommy much more than to have the extra income.
We always tithed our income, but that has never kept us having anything we really needed in life. In fact, I adopted the attitude I learned from my father. When talking about these things he always brings up the intangibles such as profesional services or possessions we had received for little or no money. He would also talk about how long our cars might go without needing repair or the good health our family had. I can make a similar list when thinking about my own family though the years. So, I don’t think I’ve missed out on anything by my practice of giving 10% of our income to church.
Looking deeper into my life I can see times where my pride needed to be crucified, along with other fleshly attitudes such as prejudice, judgementalism, arrogance, and the like. It’s hard to see these as sacrifices since they were destructive. Knowing Jesus as savior really means he saved me from sins like these! Taking these attitudes to the cross allowed the Holy Spirit to create new attitudes in me that enable me to live the kingdom lifestyle. That could hardly be called a sacrifice, considering what I was given in return.
I guess I could include certain acts of service I’ve done over the years. They might include sacrifices of time and comfort. But in reality, those were the times in life when I have felt most alive. I guess the bottom line is that all “sacrifices” we make for the sake of the kingdom seem HUGE at the time yet so small and insignificant once the treasures of the kingdom come into our possession. The butterfly never complains about missing her little feet and squishy body – she just floats though the air on her beautiful wings.