Our Greatest Treasure

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Mateo 13:44-46

In His parables Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven with a treasure hidden in a field and with a pearl of great price. In both parables, both the man who found the treasure hidden in the field, as the merchant who found the precious pearl, sold everything they owned to acquire each corresponding treasure. What Jesus means to us in these two parables is that whoever finding the Kingdom of God must leave everything behind just to acquire the great treasure of eternal life.

The stories of these two parables of the Lord are not implausible stories that do not have the remotest chance of occurring, but analyzing the history, we realize that many similar stories have occurred. When Europeans first learned of the existence of the American continent, many men left everything they had to come to the New World because they had full conviction that this side of the Atlantic Ocean they would find great treasures.

Today, millions of people are willing to risk his salary to play in one of the biggest lotteries as Poweball, Mega Millions or EuroMillion, because they see a good chance of winning the grand prize of hundreds of millions of dollars or Euros. Many other risk much more than their wages playing in the casinos of Las Vegas, Monaco or Atlantic City. The motivation is the same; everyone wants to possess the great treasure. There are also others who risk gigantic fortunes on the Stock Exchange of New York to acquire the shares of companies whose value could skyrocket soon.

A few years ago emerged an Internet business that captivated millions of people around the world. They promised profits nearby to a 3% interest compounded daily. At that rate, invested capital doubled in a matter of weeks. How many people were able to sell anything to invest in this business, its promoters put as investment ceiling ten thousand dollars. I met some who managed to invest much more than the allowed limit using family or friends, in order to win the maximum. And although there were those who came to make a fortune, at the end the government of the United States confiscated this business for fraud and who won today are being deployed to return the money to distribute among the losers of this fraudulent scheme.

If so many people in the world are able to invest everything they have to pursue earthly treasures that sometimes result in a big fiasco, why not leave everything to reach the Kingdom of heaven? It is written that the heavenly treasures are eternal and non-perishable as earthly, therefore, the Kingdom of God will always be our greatest treasure. God bless you.

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