Hidden Nuggets Series #89 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a 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.” – Matthew 13:44
Completing personal goals…achieving wealth…working through a career change…renewing your spiritual walk…healing relationships…none of it comes easy.
None of it happens without great sacrifice.
The question you need to ask yourself is, “Will I be willing to give up “X” to pursue “Y”?
Jesus put it this way when he explained to the people how aggressively they should pursue heaven. He said in Matthew 13:44-45,
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a 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.”
In these examples, the seekers found something (heaven) they considered the most precious commodity in the world. In both instances they gave up (“sold all that he had”) all their possessions in order to lay hold of it. But, if you read between the lines, you find something even more remarkable.
They were happy to sacrifice.
They were not hesitant.
There was no wishy-washiness on the issue.
Nothing was going to stop them.
Give Up to Go Up
For application to other areas beyond the spiritual, it’s a great lesson on the importance of sacrifice. Nothing of value comes cheaply. We will always have to give up to go up.
Winners simply sacrifice.
They eat less and exercise to lose weight. They decrease their spending to pay off debt. They turn off the TV to spend time with their kids.
They proceed with speed and passion to obtain something they considered priceless.
They know that leaving some things on the bottom ladder rung allows them to climb higher.
And as they climb, they sacrifice more and more things to reach the top.
What are you willing to give up today to reach your goals?
What sacrifices will allow you to go places you never dreamed possible?
What will you set aside for the good of a higher cause?
You have to process those questions because here is the tricky thing…if the man hadn’t been willing to sell his precious possessions, he never could have bought the field.
Questions: What sacrifices have you made in order to reach a goal? How hard was it to be willing to let go of possessions or old ways of thinking?