Monday, July 25, 2011

Field & Fortune


The treasure of God’s blessing on our life is found in the field of God’s will for our life.

The story of the prodigal son:

Luke 15 NKJV
25 "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 "And he said to him, ’Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.

The older son would not go into the house. Although he was in the family he was not in the house. We can be in the family and yet miss all that is in the house.

What was in the house?

1. There was Joy in the house.
2. There was Meat in the house.
3. There was Restoration & Relationship in the house.

Not only these, but the abiding presence of the Father was in the house.

So many times people who are in the family miss out on so much because they will not come into the house. They end up being angry and isolated not realizing the joy, provision, relationship, presence and will that is in the house.

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The treasure is the attraction but the field is the possession. If we want the treasure we must buy the field.

Many times we are attracted to the treasure without realizing that it only yields its blessings and benefits on those who are willing to work the field.

We cannot get the treasure without working the field. Jesus said that the treasure was hidden in the field. (Concealed; covered over; in secret – unrevealed) The secret treasure is discovered by each one individually.

It’s the same principle the older brother experienced when he would not go into the house. There is joy and meat and relationship and presence and all the Father’s will available to those who come into the house and buy the field.

Today, people all over the world have bought into a false doctrine which teaches that a believer need not be in the house to be in the will. However, just being in the family is not enough.

It’s not enough to chase the attractions of the Kingdom or spend a life seeking the treasures or pleasures we all desire.

Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it .”

If you go to the store to purchase a bottle of olive oil you may find the price to be $10. However, that price does not reflect the cost. If you want to know the cost, you will need to go and ask the olive.

The cost of the treasure is not found in the price of the field.

In conclusion this morning:

1. Are you in the house? You were born a part of the family, now will you be a part? What you are missing might be in the house.
2. Did you buy the field or just the treasure? What first attracted you to Jesus; Church; Marriage; Family; Career? We get the treasure when we work the field.