The Expert In Your Field (Works To Our Faith part 1)

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man (or woman) hath found, he (and she) hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he (or she) hath, and buyeth that field." (Matthew 13:44)

Jesus is referring here to an ancient practice of stockpiling one's valuables in a field and then hiding them by covering them over with earth. And when said farm or field would change hands, or become fallow any passerby could stumble upon this instant "harvest" and have, quite literally, a fortune on their hands--unbeknownst to the original owner. This is an interesting way to look at the Christian life. And when Jesus speaks of the "Kingdom of Heaven", it's understood that He's talking about realizing Heaven's atmosphere wherever you're at, wherever God has placed you. Because if we can't allow Heaven's peace and joy and fulfillment (in a measure, of course) to diffuse here in this life--our life, what fun is Heaven going to be when we get there?

Surely you've heard the phrase "bloom where you're planted"? As clich├ęd and gimmicky as it might sound, it's one of those phrases that can't quite get any truer, no matter how you reword or restate it. Bloom where you're planted. And if you make up your mind to stay where you are until whenever, waiting only upon God, then you will receive the blessing that's buried in the earth.

"Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be." (Deuteronomy 11:24)

The idea behind this statement of God to Moses and the Israelites is one of conquest. Geographically yes, but for us, it means spiritual. What I mean however, is that it's referring to whatever it is that you do. What do you do? Are you a waitress? Do you work the night shift as a machinist? Maybe you're a stay-at-home mom homeschooling three rambunctious children. Any number of vocations in which any number of temperaments must mesh. It can be hard. I wonder how many people are actually doing what they want to do. Let alone what they went to school for. If you are, wonderful. But if you're wondering why you are where you are in spite of your inclinations to leave, hold out. Realize that God doesn't make mistakes. Take the things that make up your familiar contempt and bring them to God, either in prayer or in writing, and see what He'd have you know in this season of your life. Because, as God told Moses: it isn't until you go all over the land that God has given you that it actually becomes yours.

How does this flow into what Jesus said about selling all that you have in order to buy it? Sure, it could be taken literally. He did say though that the Kingdom of Heaven was like "treasure hid in a field". The act of selling means exchanging the things you have and the things you do toward that. One. Thing. That treasure hid in the (your) field. The one that you may not even know about yet. Notice the implication here. No one knows it's there. No one but God. So toil away, knowing that the thing which you'll glimpse among the weeds and dirt might take time to unearth. Blood, sweat, tears, etc. But it's as good as yours.

What you're doing by being there as long as you have is actually becoming the best there is at what you do--before God. Know this.

"I am as a wonder unto many; but Thou art my strong refuge." (Psalm 71:7)

Making Work For Ourselves (Works To Our Faith part 2)

Knowing Our Audience (How to Know part 5)