Julius Caesar is on record as saying: “I came, I saw and I conquered.” Somebody has quipped that his boast should be recast into an acceptable mission statement in modern politically correct language: “I came, I saw and I spoke out on a number of critical third world issues.” However, when Jesus came, he did more than speak out on issues. And one of his most vitriolic opponents saw what he did. Julian the Apostate used all his power as Roman Emperor to try to destroy the church and reinstate paganism. But at the height of his power, he reportedly pointed his dagger to heaven, defying the Son of God, whom he commonly called the Galilean. He was fatally wounded in battle; as he gathered up his clotted blood and threw it into the air, he exclaimed, “Thou hast conquered, O thou Galilean.”
We are looking for the day when our world acknowledges that Jesus has come, seen, and conquered, that the kingdom for whose coming we pray has finally arrived in its fullness. To that end our focus must be as Jesus told us: “Seek first the kingdom of God.” This is the absolute priority of the kingdom. Our seeking of the kingdom is to be first in place, order, rank and time: such is the force of the Greek word translated as “first” in our English versions. Nothing is more important than the kingdom, and it in turn gives meaning to life in every dimension.
Everything else has to be relegated to second place or lower. That is the price of the kingdom. But as Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
So in this, the fourteenth, and final, chapter of The Treasure in the Field, we will think about “Paying the Price.” Here’s what we will see:
- Counting the Cost: “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God: (Acts 14:22)
- Treasuring the Treasure
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