â€œThe kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.â€
Three psychiatric patients are eager to be released from the hospital, but the doctor has to examine their judgment skills. One by one he takes them to the edge of an empty swimming pool and tells them they must chose to jump or not. Take the risk or donâ€™t. It is obvious the pool has no water, but they must choose.
The first patient looks at the pool and jumps in without hesitation, hurting his ankle. The doctor tells him, â€œYou failed the examination, and must stay another year.â€ The patient left sad. The second patient also jumps in and hurts his shoulder. The doctor says, â€œSir, you failed the exam and must stay another year.â€ This patient also leaves sad and discouraged. The third patient walks up to the poolâ€™s edge, thinks for a while, shakes his head and says, â€œNo way!â€ The doctor was happy and said, â€œSir, you have good judgment and you are released from the hospital.â€ The patient jumped for joy. Then the doctor asked the happy patient, â€œWhat made you decide not to jump into the pool?â€ The patient answered, â€œOh, thatâ€™s easy. I donâ€™t know how to swim!â€
We all believe we have great judgment and know how to prioritize. We say things like, â€œMy family is really important.” Yet, statistics reveal that people spend very little time on family. We might say, “Our health is really important.” Yet few commit to exercise or even eat right. More than half of all American are obese. We say we are not materialistic, yet three-quarters of Americans are in debt to credit cards alone, not counting car and house loans.
Is God important to us? “Yes! 95% of Americans in the U.S. say, “God is important to me.” Yet only 9% of Americans attend church, and only 2% are involved in any ministry.
Look, it is not about our bad choices or our sinfulness. We jump into empty pools and we injure ourselves. Christ didnâ€™t die for us because we were perfect or committed. He didnâ€™t wait for us to get our act sorted out; to be righteous. Rather, He searched for us, He gave His all for us. Thereâ€™s no room for thinking â€˜what I sell or give up will make Him love me more.â€™ What does give us glory is to love God, to follow His call, and to do it now, to be all in for the kingdom today, every day.