Have you ever found treasure or something valuable? How did you feel when you discovered it? I bet you were excited and wanted to tell someone about what you found.
Jesus liked to tell parables — stories with lessons — so everyone could understand and relate to what he was saying. Sometimes He shared the same lesson in more than one story.
In Matt. 13:44, Jesus told a parable about heaven. He said, “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.”
Jesus told another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matt. 13:45–46).
Both the man and the merchant gave up everything they owned for the special thing they found — and it was worth it. Heaven is valuable and precious, just like the treasure and the pearl. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to follow Jesus — but getting to spend eternity with Him is worth it.
Do you want to know something even more awesome? In Jesus’ eyes, YOU are the precious treasure. He sees how unique and special you are. Jesus gave up everything — His home, His throne and even His life — because He wants you to be a part of His kingdom. Aren’t you excited to see what Jesus’ kingdom is like?