Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
I read the parable of the hidden treasure and the parable of the pearl. In these parables I see a hope or a treasure that is of priceless value. I also see a joyful heart of sacrifice to attain that treasure. I see in these parables that the men who found these treasures understood their true value and eagerly did what they could to attain them.
What is one key verse?
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:44-45
How does what you read change your vision of God?
I think this passage it’s a convicting reminder that what we strive for through this life is undoubtedly worth it, but it also requires sacrifice to get there. The man who found the treasure in the field joyfully sold all he had, because he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what he found was amazing. He gave up all he had to acquire this treasure.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? How will you Go with God because of this reading?
I think too often I can look at my faith and relationship with God as an escape and means to find comfort. I don’t think that’s totally wrong but I also can’t ignore the reality of the sacrifice that is involved to deny myself and live for something more. It’s sobering to read this parable and see the joyful reaction to sacrifice. I know that usually isn’t my first instinct. I hope as I mature in Christ that I can grow in this.