Psalms 30:11 “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;”
Prov 23:23 “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” You’ve got to buy it, hold onto it. You have to do something with it, protect it.
God doesn’t have grandchildren. Even if your daddy is a preacher, you have to get a hold of this treasure for yourself. It’s a bad deal for God. He takes all our filth, problems, sins, and junk in our lives, and gives us in exchange peace, love, joy, and streets of gold in heaven. You are worth it to God. He wants a transaction to take place.
Is 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
God wants to make our sins white as snow. He wants to bargain with us and give us something in exchange for our sins. Nothing is permanent in the kingdom of God, except Jesus. There is no sin that cannot be erased. He will give back our lives if we just give them to Him.
If you think this is crazy, spend some time digging. You will find treasure. We get the good end of the bargain.
Abraham made a deal with God to spare Lot and nine other souls from Sodom and Gomorrah.
Phil 3:7-8 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
Paul lost everything for Christ. He was respected, he had clout, he had power. He gave all that up for that hidden treasure, that peace that passes all understanding, Jesus is worth it all. He gained something even better.
We look for things that don’t really fulfill, but Jesus has what we’re looking for, what we need. You just gotta sell everything you own and He will give you everything. All you have to give up is brokenness and strife and He will make something beautiful of your life.
We need to start maturing in the Lord. There comes a point where you give up your childhood and toughen up a little bit. You must buy the truth and sell it not. You can’t own everything you used to own and have what God wants to give. Old things are passed away.
Paul is saying, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have become new. You can’t go back. It’s not the same to go back to your old life. We know too much. It’s not as fun as it used to be. The old man is buried and behold all things are become new. When you make a transaction at this altar, you have no choice, you are trapped. You own the field now. You can allow wolves and thieves to come in, but it’s better to take care of what you’ve been given.
If you’re searching, I’ve got good news for you! I’ve got beautiful feet! There is hope for you, eternal life. Jesus has it all. He will give it to you at a very low price. Salvation is not free. Free for whom? There was a price that had to be paid. The real price for the value of your salvation was paid by Jesus Christ on the cross. The reason why He wants something from you is you can’t have both. You can’t have the old and the new. Let go of the old in order to get the new.
It’s not different if somebody who’s tasted of the glory of God in their lives and wants to sell out!
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who found a treasure in a field. He sold everything that he had in order to buy the field. It is very valuable. If you are willing to part with everything else, you can make it your own.
The treasure is Jesus, salvation, peace. The treasure isn’t a chest full of stuff. The gospel is the field in which the treasure is in. So many will slight the field, the gospel. They won’t dig. Don’t look at the dirt, dig for the treasure. You will find something so precious and so wonderful that it is glorious. Get a hold of the deal from God. It’s bad for Him, good for you. There’s a treasure much more valuable than the husband or wife you’re looking for, or the job you’re applying for, or the loan you’re trying to get from the bank. If you seek the kingdom of God first, all of a sudden you will find all of these other things will be given to you. God will bless us. When we put God before our families, we get a better relationship back.
We don’t put church before family, we put God before family. Jesus is first. We find our comfort from Him. Everything starts to make sense when He is first. The sky is bluer, the grass is greener. If you start to see only the dirt of that field, you need to start digging. Go back to that place where you started digging before and you will see the treasure again.
Luke 7, story of Judas’ father, Simon, a leper. There is no cure for leprosy. Jesus healed a bunch of lepers. Simon the leper invited Jesus to his house. He must have been one of those lepers who was healed by Jesus. An intruder walked in, a woman, possibly Lazarus’ sister, Mary. She had an alabaster box with oils, expensive oils. It was worth about a year’s salary. That was put into one gift which she dumped in one spot onto the body of Jesus. She washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She poured the jar onto his feet. She cried because who He is was so much greater than she was.
Judas thought ‘what a waste of money’. He didn’t get it.
Fast forward 2000 years. Why go to church? What a waste of time.
If you don’t know the reason I sold out to buy this field, you haven’t been to the field and dug the ditch that I dug. I am the recipient of the treasure. I won’t go back.
‘Simon you have done nothing to worship Me.’ The woman dried Jesus’ feet with her hair. It didn’t matter how dirty His feet were, she knew they were beautiful. The exchange that took place with her was greater than anything this world has to offer. ‘Woman go in peace.’ She went in with burdens and heart ache and depression. All of a sudden, Jesus took it all and gave her peace and joy and love. She was forgiven. She was a recipient of everlasting life. Don’t ever slight this treasure.
The devil lies to us. The pastor doesn’t run the show. The church is God’s business. This is His church! The bondage that Satan has put on us can be broken if we give everything to Jesus.
There is an exchange that Jesus wants to make with us today. This unfair transaction is there for you, if you want it.
Excerpted from a sermon by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.