One of the joys of being a father to young children is the opportunity to see their eyes light up when they get something unexpected. Their doctor has a treasure chest for after a visit, they can have a lollipop after getting their hair cut or going to the bank, and “special treats” we plan for them when they are least expected bring an unbridled glee to their eye.
As we get older, have you noticed how much harder it is to experience that joy for the little things? That unequaled glee that spreads like a wildfire through our bones when we experience something awesome?
Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven as the prize that has no equal. In fact, He said that if we could truly grasp it’s full value, we would give up everything else to have it.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” – Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)
When we see as Jesus sees, something changes in us. The things we’ve spent our entire lives trying to obtain become meaningless. The stresses we put on ourselves and our need for others to celebrate US seems to vanish. Overall, our priorities begin to shift to something that brings an incredible amount of joy.
As you go about your day, ask yourself this question…”What is the most important thing in my life?” How has knowing Jesus changed your priorities. What if He is still changing them still…