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First Devotional, Day 16: Find Real Treasure

February 26, 2024

DAY 16

Key Verse:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Matthew 13:44 NASB

This passage contains two parables back-to-back that aim to portray a particular aspect of the Kingdom of God. In both parables from these verses, the Kingdom of God is described like a great treasure. Specifically, the Kingdom of God is described as a treasure that one found and sold everything to acquire! The second parable describes a similar reality. This paints the picture for us that acquiring the Kingdom of God is worth everything we have to offer! This is not shown as these individuals begrudgingly giving away all they have, but joyfully giving everything for the sake of God.


The Kingdom of God is a treasure that we should willingly and joyfully give up everything we have gained. Paul describes this a different way in Philippians 3:8, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” The expression of this should be present in our lives as well. We should value Christ so highly that anything the earth has to offer is not just worth losing but is something we choose to walk away from.


The treasure of the Kingdom of God is an eternal priceless treasure, while any treasure we can store up on earth is ultimately going to fade away. Jim Elliot, who died trying to reach a tribe with the gospel, is quoted as saying “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Let us live like we have found the greatest treasure!

Heart Prompts

  1. What do you consider to be your greatest treasure?

  2. What promises does God give us about our future?

  3. What idols do you see in your life that you need to give up?


Dear Lord, You are my treasure. Show me how to give up the things of this world for the sake of your kingdom. Reveal all the idols I still have in my heart and remove them so that I am solely devoted to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.




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