Many times we are fooled by the unassuming appearances and don’t realize the real value of what’s in front of us. The famous street artist, Banksy, whose art has sold for over 1 million dollars, set up a cheap stand on the streets of NY, selling his work for just $60. Most people ignored the stand assuming the works of art were of little value. Who would believe that a world renowned artist would display and sell his art in such a humble manner? Sometimes we just don’t recognize the real worth of things right in front of us.
Jesus talks about the kingdom of God in similar terms in Matthew 13:44: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
The kingdom of heaven is something valuable that we want to possess. But it’s hidden in a field. To most people it was just another field. But something caught this man’s attention, he saw something there to cause him to stop and investigate further. He saw something past the grass and weeds. It wasn’t obvious or flashy. We need to be able to look beyond the mundane appearance of things, to see something that is far more worthy underneath the surface. [Notes taken from P. Ed’s message given at the College Conference]