The Kingdom of Heaven is Like Treasure Hidden in a Field

This famous quote could be from Buddha, Ghandi or Jesus. Do you know?

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

The essence of this quote is that when you find “heaven”, you should be willing to forsake everything else in your life to acquire or attain it. The idea that the spiritual is of tantamount importance over the temporal or material is a hard concept for most people to understand, and even harder to accept.

But can you really acquire “heaven”? In the popular Led Zeppelin song from the 70’s they sing of a woman who was buying a stairway to heaven. Many Christians object to this philosophy knowing that heaven, or salvation, cannot be bought by human means. It comes only in and through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

So, then if you find a treasure hidden in a field, which is a representation of heaven, how does one go about acquiring it? Do you think salvation can be bought? Or is there some deeper spiritual meaning? Is this in the Bible or not?


The Kingdom of Heaven is Like Treasure Hidden in a Field — 1 Comment

  1. What you’re ‘buying’ from the field is the actual exchange of laying down YOUR OWN life for Christ’s. In a natural field, there are rats, roaches, thrown-out appliances, old tires, etc. But once you get into the field and ‘work it’, you could turn it into fertile land even. So, in the spiritual the Bible is saying the ‘field’ is the world, in it as a disciple of Christ, you’ll see the drug addict, the backbiter, the oppressive boss, the prostitute, the child abuser, but instead of reacting in your emotions, you lay down your life and ‘put’ on the whole armor of God to be able to deal with these situations and more. So, in ‘buying’ the field, when you accept Christ, you accept all the ‘not-so-pleasant’ things (at least in human eyes) to acquire your ‘treasure’-your rewards whether it be heavenly or naturally. God remembers your labor of love.

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