Tuesday November 7 2017


Scripture: Matthew 13:44-52

Key verse: (44) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field…”

Reflection: “What do you think heaven is like?”  That was the question posed to me by a young man dying of AIDS.  I called on him during my Clinical Pastoral Education at Georgia Baptist Hospital while I was in seminary.  “It’s beyond anything we can imagine,” I remember responding.  Pulling from Revelation 21, I said something about it being a place where death is no more, where mourning and crying and pain are no more.  I asked him, “What do you hope it will be like?”  He said, “If it’s not like Fenway Park, I don’t want to go.”  He was originally from Boston, and a huge Red Sox fan.

What do you think heaven is like?  Normally, when I consider this question, I think of an other-worldly place — a destination to which we are heading.  This isn’t exactly how Jesus describes it in Matthew’s gospel.  What is heaven like?  It’s like treasure hidden in a field, and when you find it you sell everything you have to buy that field. It’s like a jeweler finding a massive pearl and cashing out to buy it. That’s not how I normally think about heaven.  Jesus seems to describe a feeling and a response, not a place.  Heaven is like discovering something priceless and dedicating all you have to it. Put another way, it’s something worth living for.

What are you willing to give everything you have to?  Some give it to career.  Some give it to money.  What would it mean to offer everything you have to God, to live for God?  According to Jesus, that’s what heaven is like.

Prayer: Most days I pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”  May I know the joy of discovering your kingdom today, and giving all I am and all I have to be a part of it.  Amen.

Author: Joe Clifford

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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