“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33, NASB
The Magic Kingdom is a blast. We took our two older children a couple of years ago, stayed in one of Disney’s resorts, and were treated to one of the most memorable, fun weeks we’ve had so far. It was an expensive trip–we saved for a couple of years to be able to go, but we loved it, and the girls did too. It was totally worth it.
Jesus often taught about His Kingdom. In Matthew 13 we find several parables to give us a picture of what that Kingdom is like. One that stands out to me is that of the buried treasure. What did the man who discovered that secret do? He sold everything so that he could buy that land, secure that treasure.
Jesus is saying, “Seek me, my Kingdom, like that.”
Let nothing be more valuable. Forsake everything else to lay claim to my Kingdom. It’s that important, that precious. And it will be more than worth it.
It’s hard to imagine pursuing something with that kind of devoted passion–especially when we can’t see the object of our quest. Except, well, our girls had never been to the magic kingdom before that trip, and yet they knew, without seeing it, that it would be worth the wait and worthy of their unquenchable enthusiasm. Maybe I need the same child-like delight. Because Jesus clearly promised that His kingdom would be worthy of every imaginable sacrifice–and then some.
I grew up just down the highway from the Magic Kingdom. My parents took me to Disney World every year of my childhood. In junior high, I marched with my band down Main Street right in front of Alice in Wonderland on her giant mushroom. In high school, many of my classmates worked at the Magic Kingdom. Not me. I worked at Sea World. So, I went to Disney on their free tickets, and they came to see Shamu on mine. I am a Floridian, of those who do Disney World without a map.
Even so, the Magic Kingdom has never lost its magic for me. If I had met Jen’s daughters before they left Nebraska for their vacation, I would have told them, “Oh yes. The Magic Kingdom is definitely worth the wait, the savings, and the sacrifice. Take it from me. I lived there.”
Which is Jesus’ position in Matthew 13. He tells us all those parables because He knows the wonder of His own kingdom. He’s lived there. And he’s trying to convince those of us who have not yet left Nebraska (or Texas, or Florida, or West Africa or Vietnam) that it’s worth it.
“Sell everything you have to obtain My kingdom? Absolutely worth the price. Give up earthly pleasure and position to get there? Yes, ma’am. You won’t be disappointed. You may not have seen it yet, but I have.”
And more than not needing a map to His Kingdom, Jesus is the map.
“Lord,” Thomas said, “We don’t’ know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:5-6 HCSB