30 Days of Devotions- Day 16, 2017

September 16
By Rev. Nathan Scholl
Matthew 13:44-46

“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.”

I have been watching a show on the history channel recently called The Curse of Oak
Island. It is a story of men and women throwing their lives and their fortunes at a hole in
the ground in Nova Scotia hoping to find treasure. So far, since 1795, hundreds and
hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent and six people have died looking for
this theoretical buried treasure. Total treasure found: none. Massive effort, no return.

The gospel is a treasure, but it is exactly the opposite from Oak Island. The gospel
message is often overlooked and ignored. Jesus Christ died for our sins to save us from
God’s wrath, and he gives us his righteousness that restores us to right relationship with
God. Been there heard that, right? But this is a treasure that requires no effort to earn (it
is received by faith) and yet it gives massive returns. This gospel message is enough to
change lives and the entire world. This is the good news and it never stops making us
rich! It is not hyperbole to claim that all our problems are solved by this simple gospel.
We must never stop digging into and sharing the gospel treasure we have been given.
Jesus shows us in this parable where true riches are found. The gospel is a treasure
worth giving all we have to gain it.