Matt. 13:44 says, “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.”
Sometimes in life we need to buy the field to gain the treasure. Let this truth sink in and resonate in your mind and heart. You may even want to repeat it a few times, slowly, and let it settle in your spirit and begin to absorb, process, and marinate in your consciousness. This statement may or may not challenge your theology, or run counter to your business model or business philosophy and practices, or be opposed to your deeply-held beliefs or core convictions, or go against the grain of your past experiences and how you have always done things. Regardless, however, of your natural inclinations and past experiences, core convictions and business model or philosophy, I encourage you to begin to apply this parable in Scripture both literally as well as figuratively in your life, for both spiritual and natural benefit.
In keeping with hermeneutics and biblical exegesis, the first and most important field we “buy” or choose in life by accepting God’s offer of a full pardon from sin and receiving salvation as a free gift of unmerited grace and love, is Christ Jesus, the only begotten son of God. In so doing, we gain access to and become a part of His kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, the ultimate treasure, and we become a joint heir with Him and adopted as a son or daughter into the family of God (Eph. 1:4-8). Many other “treasures” in this field await us and are made available to us such as the Holy Spirit, Abba Father, holy angels, gifts of the Spirit, fruits of the Spirit, the armor of God, the Word of God, the whole counsel of God, the body of Christ, divine wisdom, divine favor, divine assignments, divine destiny, a new identity, a new creation, sanctification, spiritual maturity, and countless others.
And yes, sometimes we have to sell all we have to be able to buy the field in order to gain the treasure. This is true in both the spiritual and natural dimensions. Matt. 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” When we come into Christ, and come into His kingdom, we participate in a Divine Exchange, such that everything we have and are comes under the Lordship of Jesus, and is surrendered to Him, and made available and subject to Him, and everything He has and is, is freely given and made available to us.
Col. 1:15-18 states, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
Sir Richard Branson sold his successful, 20-year-old music label Virgin Records in 1992 to Thorn EMI for $1B USD so he could use the proceeds to fund and build Virgin Atlantic (acquired by Alaska Airlines in 2016 for $4B USD). He wept that day. Countless other entrepreneurs and CEOs have made similar tough decisions in their careers. Such decisions are not always easy, and involve risk, but are necessary for future growth and expansion. As disciples of Christ, our tears are tears of joy because we have found a priceless treasure in the field, and this treasure has benefits both for this life, and the life to come (eternity). Isa. 33:5-6 says, “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. And He will be the security and stability of your times, A treasure of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the Lord is your treasure.” Therefore, of our own volition, we willingly and voluntarily pay the price required to buy the field so that we might gain this treasure.
Luke 14:25-33 says, A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”
As we count the cost and willingly pay the price required to be a disciple of Christ, we gain access to all the treasures of God hidden in Christ. Col. 2:3 says, “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” The Greek word used for treasures here thesauroi is the same root word as in Matt. 13:44, which is thesauro (Strong’s Greek 2344), which means a treasury or storehouse.
God has created us to be not only sons and daughters in His family, but also kings and priests in the earth. Prov. 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but it is the glory of kings to search out (or uncover) a matter.” Kings fund and conduct research and development of new products, new methods, new technologies, new business models, etc. Kings also fund and conduct research and due diligence for potential investments. There is no reward without risk. There is also no faith without risk. True disciples of Christ, and real entrepreneurs, share this in common: they are not averse to risk. They both count the cost, and weigh carefully their decisions and the potential consequences, risks and benefits associated therewith, and then take action. James 2:17, 26 says, “Faith without works is dead, being alone.”
Entrepreneurs, and disciples of Christ, both take calculated risks, not foolish or unnecessary risks. Their decisions are made within the time, information and resources available to them, which are finite and limited. Followers of Christ have a competitive advantage not available to those in the world who are outside of Christ, including spiritual information through prayer, prophecy, discernment, revelation, God’s word, peace that passes understanding, contentment in every situation and circumstance, and joy in the midst of fiery trials, security in Christ, the comfort and counsel of the Holy Spirit, support from the body of Christ, etc. God’s resources are infinite and unlimited, and we as disciples and children of God, have full and unrestricted access to them.
Sometimes it is necessary for us to let go of what we have, and the just enough, or the not enough, in order to receive the more than enough, the abundance of God through Christ, who promises us “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe”, and a “more than we can ask or imagine” portion (Eph. 1:18-19, 3:20). “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
That is what faith is all about, and taking the leap of faith, by taking a calculated risk. We can be at peace knowing that His incomparably great power is at work within us, and His immeasurably more portion is available to us by faith, and that His divine wisdom, grace, favor, love, and protection are ours as well. So, go ahead: buy the field and gain the treasure that God shows you, and if necessary, sell all you have in order to do so after you have first counted the cost and discerned and determined God’s will for you. God has called us to be stewards of His resources, and since He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and all the gold and silver are His, He is not poor, and His kingdom is not broke. There is a better way, life abundantly through Christ, and it includes financial blessing and prosperity as well as spiritual blessing, salvation, sanctification and eternal life (Gen. 1:26-28; Deut. 8:18; John 10:10; 2 Cor. 9:8; 3 John 2).
In closing, learn to accept and embrace risk, as long as it is calculated, and God is part of the calculation. Risk is the way of life, and the way of the Kingdom of Heaven. No risk, no reward. James 4:13-15 states, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” Risk and reward are part of life. Seek wise counsel and use wisdom, discernment and prudence in your decision-making process, and realize that different types and levels of risk may be more appropriate at different stages of life, and different levels of income.
Pray through your decision thoroughly, count the cost, seek discernment and confirmation of the Lord’s will and timing, find the inner witness of peace, and then be bold and courageous to act accordingly. And, don’t be afraid of pursuing and receiving a reward. Fear is not from God (2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:18). Heb. 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Matt. 5:11-12 adds, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.”
I bless you and speak grace over you to find the treasure hidden in your field.