“The kingdom of heaven is like a 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).
Most of us understand Jesus’ parable like this: The man in the parable represents believers. The point is that God wants believers to give up everything joyfully to follow Jesus, our greatest treasure.
That’s a good, biblical interpretation. But it’s worth noting that the parables surrounding this one in Matthew 13 focus on God’s activity and attitude, not that of believers.
What if we look at the parable in that light—as God’s activity and not our own?
Now the man in the parable is Jesus.
And the treasure . . . could it be? . . . is you!
When I read the parable the first way, I feel like a dud. I just can’t compare to that man. Oh, I give up my Sunday pillow time to attend church. I give my time and talents. But give up everything for Jesus? Joyfully? Nope. The parable shows me just how far I fall.
But now let’s picture the man in the parable as Jesus, who gave up everything joyfully. Not just his pillow but his throne, the angels’ accolades, and his life—all to buy back the crown of his creation.
The One who bought us at such great cost will never be careless with our needs, fears, or prayers. We are Jesus’ priceless treasure.
And he is ours.