In 1867 on a farm in South Africa, 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs saw a stone glistening in the sun. The shining rock was eventually reported to a neighbour, who wanted to buy it from the family. Not knowing its value, Erasmus’ mother told the neighbour, “You can keep the stone, if you want it.”
Eventually, a mineralogist determined the stone to be a 21.25 carat diamond and worth a great sum. It became known as the “Eureka Diamond” (The Greek word eureka means “I found it!”). Soon the fields near the Jacobs’ farm soared in value. Underneath the land was one of the richest diamond deposit ever discovered.
Jesus told two almost similar stories about the Kingdom in Matthew 13:44-46. I love the way the Message translation puts it:
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.
God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.”
In these two stories, Jesus seemed to be saying that every man is searching for something for which he will give anything to have. The human spirit longs for an ambience he used to know so well.
He then further proposes that the Kingdom of God is the treasure after which man seeks. He may not know it, but his heart longs for God’s Kingdom and His purpose, in the pursuit of which lies his deepest fulfilment.
When a man finds the Kingdom, he can go sell everything else he has acquired while searching for this ONE thing. Nothing can be of more value and importance to the man more than the Kingdom. In another place in the Gospel, Jesus said we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing will be added to us.
As we draw the curtain on 2015 and prepare for the new year, let’s be reminded that we are here as representatives of God’s Kingdom. It is in our pursuit of God and His Kingdom plans that we can be truly fulfilled. We must consciously live as men who have had the “Eureka Experience“ and understand the value and priority of what we have found – the KINGDOM OF GOD.
Now, if you have not found this life’s greatest treasure or if you at some point in time, traded it on the altar of ignorance, you can receive the Kingdom into your life today. Just believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus died for you and was raised from the dead so that in His life you can be fully alive- victorious and purposeful, making Christ your Saviour and Lord!