“In his JOY”

Have you ever received or discovered something that was totally life-changing? I sure have. One of those moments for me and my friends back in Junior High was our discovery of a coke machine that would occasionally deliver a free drink! I’m no Cherry Coke fan, but free is free!So what about you? What was your response? What did the next two or three days look like after you discovered the “Charlie Bit Me” video on YouTube?

(No clue what I’m talking about? Click here: https://youtu.be/bnRVheEpJG4)

Facebook has discovered that when we get excited about something, when we find some valuable piece of information, or when something brings us joy, WE SHARE IT. And if enough people share it, it goes viral. I was reminded of this when Lacey and I received the good news that in November we are expecting to have a baby; in my excitement my first thought was “Who can I tell!?”

When we hear Good News we share it; we simply CAN’T help ourselves.

The Kingdom of Heaven, the past, present, and future work of God through Jesus: his example on earth; his sacrifice on the cross; his glory in the resurrection; his sending of the Holy Spirit; and his triumph over sin and death, is something we call “Good News.” As we should! But like a status on Facebook that we were just sure would be gold, sometimes it seems like the best we have to offer goes unnoticed while the ridiculous and pointless spreads like wildfire.

I admit that sometimes the Good News of Jesus goes unnoticed and unshared in my day-to-day life. Why am I not more excited? Why does waking up early on Sunday seem like a chore? Why do I have to change my life and reorder my priorities? Why don’t I tell my friends, family, or coworkers?

As I ask myself these questions, Matthew 13:44 often works its way into my mind: “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.”

In my life, though, Matthew 13:44 often looks like this, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which Morgan found and covered up. Then in his joy he went and sold all that he had, but on his way back he got distracted at the car dealership, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot!”

The world offers a million things that make it nearly impossible for us to make it back to buy that field!

And we can’t share what we do not yet possess!

In our shortsightedness we often forget that the greatest treasure of all is waiting for us back in that field, and IT IS OUR JOY.

Jesus is a treasure that cannot be outdone. But when my life doesn’t quite reflect that I possess such a great treasure Matthew 13:44 reminds me to keep my eyes on the life Jesus brought, brings, and will bring. And when I do I am reminded that the Kingdom of Heaven is my joy, and it is worth my anything and my everything.

Morgan Hines

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