Just when you are about to give up the search for that valuable item, you find it! Then the “celebration and thankfulness party” begins! Finding something of great value, especially when I think I have lost it forever, is one of the best feelings I’ve experienced. Jesus describes this experience well through a couple of parables in the Book of Matthew:
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 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. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)
We use the parables of Jesus often in our Bridges training events as we equip indigenous grassroots leaders to use “oral Bible strategies” and the “oral arts” (Bible storytelling, music, drama, etc.) to reach others with the gospel. Many oral learner’s beliefs have been matured in strong honor and shame cultures. Therefore, they react with a “celebration and thankfulness party” upon hearing the Bible stories in Scriptures In Use’s Bridges curricula. Learning for the first time that grace is a gift and doesn’t have to be earned.
It is a true privilege to be overseas and witness these reactions in person. It is just as exciting to hear these stories shared from staff on their return from training events. I hope and pray that I am able to place great value on what is truly important and keep our Father in Awe.
Is the “Kingdom of Heaven” of great value to you? Is your desire for spiritual growth, bringing others to Christ and Christ’s return of great value and urgency? If so, what are you doing to care for it, cultivate it and share it with others?
I’m interested in hearing from you and what these questions mean to you.