Summary of the Sermon by Pastor James Singh, Eagle’s Nest Church, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 12 May 2019.
Kingdom of God : Hidden Yet Precious
Matthew 13 talks about 5 Parables about the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus gives 2 parables on the Kingdom of GOD both parables teach the same biblical truth; possessing Christ is the most precious treasure.
Kingdom of God are on different layers. The more we pray, the more we can reach the second layers, third layers and so on…
“Salvation is a treasure. Jesus Christ is the greatest treasure.”
Every time Jesus gives a parable, God wants us to grasp the spiritual truth.
If the Kingdom of God is a treasure, why is it hidden?
“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. (Matthew 13:44)
The second parable:
“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. (Matthew 13:45-46)
1. Spiritual treasure is priceless. Never take it for granted.
Matthew 6:19-21 do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy...for where our treasure is there our heart will be also.
Dr. David Livingstone a man of God (missionary) for the African continent – he was born in England and died in England. He brought gospel in Africa. His body was buried in England but his heart is buried in Africa for he loved Africa with his soul.
Be discipline in the word of God.
In Acts 17:11, we should learn from the Berean Jews where they treasure the word of GOD by receiving with eagerness and examining the scriptures daily to see whether things were so. We have to do our own discipline searching the nuggets in the word of God.
We need to know the Word of God as there is no excuse for not reading the word of God, we will be spiritually bankrupt and we will never fathom the trinity of GOD without treasuring the Scriptures.
2. Spiritual treasure comes with a sacrifice - how much time would we sacrifice to find what we want to find?
Jesus uses a pearl as an analogy. An oyster has to go through different stages to produce a pearl. It’s being processed in salty water, not fresh water. Treasure was going through not with cheap processes. How much time you’d sacrifice to find what you found? There’re certain things we need to sacrifice and pay the price to find some answers.
Our treasures are in Heaven and we should do everything possible to keep our faith until the end. Eternity mindset is necessary to love the Lord with our whole being. Sometimes the comfort principles determine all that we do and we are not willing to sacrifice our comforts.
Many times we sacrifice for the things that we like and not for the things of God.
3. Spiritual treasure is a choice and choices do not come easy.
As we journey in our life there are choices we have to make. We need to make decisions based on God's principles and choose the ways of GOD
The man and the rich merchant had to make a choice for the things that matters to God- the perfect will of God. Not many are willing to make the choice if the cost is convenience.
Ruth made a choice to follow her mother in law. She didn’t know the wilderness ahead of her but she made the choice and sacrifice to take care of her mother-in-law and follow her God. God rewarded her for her choice to have a spiritual treasure which God unfolded for her. Her name is in Jesus genealogy now.
God's tapestry is perfectly beautiful. As we focus our eyes on the kingdom of God, it will lead us to make spiritual choices that has eternal values.