If you have a chance, read through the story of the rich young man who is interacting with Jesus in Matthew 19:16-22.  What are some things that stand out to you?  Do you think Jesus is just trying to take away this man’s pleasure?  I don’t think so…  Jesus wants and knows what is best for him and all of us.  He was trying to offer the man something better; eternal treasure so it would be better, not just for the poor, but for the rich young man too.  Jesus asks us all to abandon certain things that hold us back from Him and to give up our old sinful lives, but doing so is for our best interest.  In Matthew 13:44-45, we see this illustration again as Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven like a treasure hidden in a field.  David Platt does a great job telling this parable in his book Radical:

“Imagine walking in a field and stumbling upon a treasure that is more valuable than anything else you could work for or find in this life.  It is more valuable than all you have now or will ever have in the future.  You look around and notice that no one else realizes the treasure is here, so you cover it up quickly and walk away, pretending you haven’t seen anything.  You go into town and begin to sell off all your possessions to have enough money to buy that field.  The world thinks you’re crazy.  “What are you thinking?” your friends and family ask you.  You tell them, “I’m buying that field over there.”  They look at you in disbelief.  “That’s a ridiculous investment,” they say.  “Why are you giving away everything you have?”  You respond, “I have a hunch,” and you smile to yourself as you walk away.  You smile because you know.  You know that in the end you are not really giving away anything at all.  Instead you are gaining.  Yes, you are abandoning everything you have, but you are also gaining more than you could have in any other way.  So with joy- with joy! You sell it all, you abandon it all.  Why?  Because you found something worth losing everything else for.” -David Platt

A treasure that is worth more than anything, so the man who discovers it goes and sells everything he owns just to have the field it is in.  Jesus is that treasure and He is worth more than anything we could obtain in this life.  “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” –Matthew 16:25  Giving up our old sinful life, isn’t truly giving up anything at all; we are getting a treasure in Jesus that is far better and is actually true life.  “Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21

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