In Matthew 13, verses 44 through 46, Jesus tells us, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it.”
In this chapter Jesus uses one metaphor after another for the Kingdom of Heaven, giving us many different examples of how to perceive the heavenly realms. He seems to want us to see this spiritual reality from many different angles, and really meditate on the meaning of his comparisons.
I thought these verses were interesting because twice he says that the seeker ‘sold everything he owned’ in order to attain the Kingdom of Heaven. It reminds me of several different verses in the Bible; for example, the verse in which he says that if we try to hold on to our old life, we will lose it. When I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the Sun while using a legal substance over a few years, I felt a depth of love, peace and tranquility that I had never known. Because of this, I completely understand why one would completely abandon one’s old life in order to experience this peace of being with Jesus and God for eternity.
At first when I had these experiences I thought my changes would consist of reading the Bible and going to church and wearing a cross around my neck. I had no idea of the depth of internal changes that I was going to have to make, which Christ has made evident with time. I thought I was a ‘good person’ so I didn’t see how I would have to change much, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Christ entered my heart when I asked him to do so, and begin nudging me in the direction of making pretty drastic changes in my life. It continues to be an ongoing process, and I know that more are coming.
All the changes I have been urged to make are positive and for my own good. They are also changes I never would have made were it not for Christ’s intervention in my life. I can sometimes get a little down because my perspective has changed radically, from thinking that I had very little wrong with me to realizing just how negative I had become at the core of my being. Christ is a healer, though, and he wants to heal our lives and heal the broken part of our beings, and he knows exactly how to go about doing this.
When we ask him to become our Savior and repent to him of our transgressions and ask forgiveness, not only does he forgive us but he sets about changing our lives so that we are less and less likely to make mistakes with our soul in the future. It is a process, but we can trust him implicitly, once we put our lives in his hands, to reshape our lives so that we are less and less likely to transgress against others and ourselves and commit acts that endanger our souls.
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