In this day of age we’re bombarded by choice, and never before have we had so many choices about what we can spent our money on. I think Jesus words can provide us with a very healthy perspective. He once said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in the field. When a man found it, he hid it again and then in his joy went and sold all that he had and bought that field.” – Matthew 13:44
Jesus is saying heaven is something so precious, that if we want to find it we would give up everything in order to have it. I really believe if we knew how good heaven was going to be, most of us would live radically different lives.
I remember a survey where I interviewed a lot of retirees and asked them what they would do differently if they had their lives over again. Many of them said “if I could take up far more risk that what they have taken in their lifetime.”
Giving money generously is seen as a risk in the world’s eyes; they believe that once you give it, it’s gone, but not in God’s eyes. When you give money in God’s economy it multiplies, it packs a punch for eternity.
So what is fascinating about this passage is that the guy sold everything and he was filled with joy. If we got to visit heaven for just five minutes (so we can see what our final destination looks like), I believe we would hand over the keys to everything we have in an instant!