Some people find the blessings of the kingdom of Christ though they are not even looking (Matthew 13:44). Others find Christ as the result of diligent search (Matthew 13:45-46). Regardless, the one who discovers the riches in Christ must be willing to joyfully give up anything in life to obtain this surpassing wealth (Matthew 13:44, 46). The blessings of citizenship in the kingdom of heaven are greater than all the world's wealth (Matthew 6:19-21), pleasures (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2), popularity (Romans 8:31), or even our family ties (Matthew 10:34-37). We will have made the shrewdest of all transactions if we sacrifice all the world has to offer for the kingdom of Christ (Matthew 16:24-27). "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." So much the more so when that which he cannot lose is of preeminent value.
- Meditate On These Things, Nov. 2017