In keeping with his earlier words to the disciples, Jesus now explains some of the parables about the kingdom of heaven, and teaches them with even more parables. Those who have chosen to accept Jesus are being granted the understanding that those who did not choose him are missing out on.
Let’s look at the two short parables in verses 44-46. In the first, a man finds a treasure in a field. He is not looking for it, but stumbles across it, hidden. Then we have a merchant who is deliberately looking for a pearl of great value. Even though these two men did not come to the treasure in the same way, the result was the same – they valued it more than anything else they had, and were prepared to give up all they had to get it.
People come across the truth about Jesus Christ in different ways. Some are seekers, exploring churches, books and experimenting with faith, looking very deliberately for something. Others almost stumble across the truth without really trying. But when a person truly understands the treasure that Jesus offers, the only right response is to pursue that treasure above all else.
How did you come to Christ? In some ways, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is what you do when you have found him. The kingdom of heaven is too precious a treasure to be treated lightly. If we truly understand the treasure on offer to us, then we also know that nothing we have, or could ever have, compares to it. Let us pursue the treasure with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.