14. Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Jesus says, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid;
then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13:44)
Meaning of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure
As the story indicates, Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven is extremely valuable.
Whenever someone discovers the kingdom of God, and realizes the treasure they've found, they sell all that they have to obtain it.
In order to compare this to life, it's probably more accurate to say 'they give up anything necessary' to be apart of this treasure (kingdom) they've discovered.
Relating the Parable to Us
For us, this implies that if we aren't willing to give up anything to be apart of this great treasure, then it's probably because we don't understand what we've stumbled upon.
It's as if we are walking in a field and trip over a decaying, dirty, wooden box.
There are some who may just get frustrated and continue walking.
However, there are others who inspect what they've come across (and discover a great treasure inside).
Those who discover the value of this treasure will go off and sell all they have to buy that field (and thus own the treasure in the field).
(Note: The field in this situation is not the world. The only point Jesus is making is that 'just like a person who find a treasure in a field will sell everything to obtain it' so is the kingdom of God as valuable.)
However, those who aren't willing 'to give up anything to be apart of this treasure' probably are just unaware (and don't fully understand) just what it is they've come across.
If we can just understand what it is we've actually found, we will give up anything required, or necessary, for it.