Firstly He is teaching that the kingdom of heaven is of enormous value, and then that one should be willing to give up everything in order to gain it. Does this sound strange when salvation is a free gift? Yahshua gave up everything in order to pay the price to redeem us back from the kingdom of darkness. In return we, too, have a price to pay, and He points this out in different ways throughout His ministry (Luke 9:23; John 12:24-25).
In the twin parables both men recognised the opportunity to own something extremely valuable, and both made a decision to grasp it. They were willing to pay the price to own the treasure, even though it cost everything they had. Yahshua is clearly pointing out that one must be prepared to give all one has to inherit the kingdom of heaven – a sobering thought!
Seeing the opportunities life offers can often be the simple difference between an assessment that the glass is ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’! Being able to perceive the opportunities is a gift in itself and should not be ignored; but the cost of seizing them can be high.
What opportunity is Yahweh holding out to you today? Does it seem too costly to pursue? Don’t find yourself amongst the number of those who turn sadly away (Matthew 19:22). In Yahshua’s stories the treasure was attainable and possessed, and the outcome was great joy.