Focus: Waiting for the Legacy
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
When my sisters and I were kids, our parents took us ‘rock hunting’. There was an old limestone quarry an hour or so from where we lived that was a perfect spot to find quartz crystals and iron pyrite. I’m not sure if it was an active excavation site, or not. I don’t remember seeing any machinery and no one else was there. It was just an open area where anyone could go.
After a long ride in the station wagon, our legs were stiff. We were more than ready to start ‘hunting’ when we got to the site. We had special hammers to use and loved exploring the large slabs of limestone in search of treasure. We knew there was a possibility we might find something wonderful—but weren’t sure we’d find anything at all.
We had to be willing to search. As kids, the crystals were as good as diamonds and the pyrite was just like gold. If any of us found something, it was a big deal. It was a thrill to come home with any small specimen. Each find was completely unique and special. After looking for a couple of hours, we might—or might not have anything to show for the time we spent looking.
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Anything I may have found on our rock hunting expeditions has gone by the wayside—but I still have the memory—and that’s worth a lot to me now.
Most people love the idea of searching for hidden treasure. It’s been a popular theme for books and movies throughout my lifetime.
In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus was in a boat speaking to a multitude of people on the shore who had gathered to learn from Him. Jesus knew it was difficult for people to comprehend what the kingdom of heaven was like, so He told several stories that different kinds of people could relate to.
In verse 44, Jesus gives the explanation of how the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found—and then hid again. Realizing what an amazing discovery he had made—the man goes and sells all he owns in order to raise the money he needed to purchase that field where he made his discovery…knowing that once he owned the field, the treasure would be his. The treasure was worth so much more than anything the man owned, he was more than willing to part with all of his possessions in order to obtain it.
In depression and dependency, we have to keep our eyes on the destination. A single day of looking at your own life might not give you much hope to hold onto—and your life probably seems like anything but a treasure hunt. A lot of the time it doesn’t seem like there’s anything to look forward to and some days it might seem futile to just go on living.
What you have to remind yourself of is that it’s going to be worth it, if you don’t give up. Your destination is the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is a legacy worth more than any treasure ever discovered. What’s ahead for you as a follower of Jesus Christ is so much greater than all of this—or anything you can imagine.
Some days you feel like a small child on a long ride in the car. In some ways, you’re trapped. You want to get out, but you’re strapped in. You’ve been told you’re on your way to a wonderful kingdom, but you have no ability to grasp what that actually means and how long it will be before you get there. All you know is that it’s been a long time and you’re sick of riding.
In accounts given by people who have had ‘near death’ experiences—heaven is a place filled with light and wonderful peace. Some people have ‘come back’ wishing they could have stayed. The descriptions would make anyone want to go. It’s hard to understand why we aren’t allowed to decide when is the right time for us to leave here. God has his own reasons for the particular date when any of us gets to go. When Jesus was here on earth, He probably couldn’t wait to get back there—but He also, had to wait until it was the right time.
Jesus knows how hard it is to live on earth. He knew this life would be a struggle for you. He did everything He could to try to make it clear to you how you could find Him—so you would. He was willing to give up everything to purchase the right for you to share His legacy. He didn’t hesitate because He loved you so much. Jesus truly hoped you’d love Him enough to want what He could give you. He’s as tired of waiting as you are.
Declaration: I will find new strength by keeping my eyes on my destination. Being with Jesus for eternity is worth anything I have to live through. Someday, I will look back and realize it was all worth it.
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