Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
The kingdom is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls.
I have never done this activity, and really have had little desire to do so. If I were gifted with a metal detector and told that a certain piece of property was loaded with valuable objects hidden beneath the soil, then I might grab that tool to see if I could find a fortune. I would need the added incentive rather than going prospecting here and there.
In the first example, Jesus speaks of a man who accidentally discovers a hidden treasure. Recognizing its worth and to protect his find, he hides it. Then, he goes and sells all that he has in order to purchase the treasure. It becomes his legally. No finders’ keepers; losers’ weepers! He is thrilled with his discovery and determines this treasure to be the most prized, having sold all his possessions to buy it.
In the second example, the merchant knows exactly what he is looking for, the most perfect pearl whose luster attracts him like small metal beads to a magnet. He sorts through the pearls to find the most precious one of all. After a long search he finds it. He beams with pride as he shows this gem that has cost him everything he owns in order to declare this pearl belongs to him.
These two verses in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, speak of Jesus, as the treasure that I (we) seek. We and our relationship to Jesus are what is/should be most important to us.
You are my strength when I am weak; you are the treasure that I seek; you are my all in all.
This hymn is located in the “Lords Supper” section of Glory to God, and we see that reference in the words: “when I am dry you fill my cup.” This hymn would certainly be appropriate for a Service of Wholeness: “You are my strength when I am weak” and “when I fall down you pick me up.” Jesus is our everything.
Thank You, Lord, for being our all in all. Amen.