The Parables of the Hidden treasure can be viewed in 2 ways. In the ﬁrst view the man is going about his normal daily life and stumbles accidentally onto treasure. He wasn’t looking for it. Some people are like that. They are not looking for God and then suddenly they come face to face with God and open their lives. The 2nd parable describes a pearl merchant who knows what he wants and goes for it. He ﬁnds a pearly of great value and so the merchant sells everything he has to gain it.
The problem in our society is that we value things which are not important and ignore what is most valuable. The other view of this parable is that Jesus is is both the man in the ﬁeld and the merchant and the treasure He ﬁnds is people. The Psalmist says :- “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him…….” Psalm 8:4. Friends, you and I are the great treasure and the extent to which Jesus values you is that He died on the Cross for your sin. This is incredible because we know that we fail and mess up but God’s love through Jesus seeks us out because He wants a relationship with us. Lorna’s parents are wise - they know that the greatest treasure we can have is friendship with Jesus and that in God’s eyes we are precious and valuable. Lorna’s baptism declares that the most important thing in life is to have a relationship with Jesus. May we all embrace all that Jesus has for us.
God’s Blessing Rev David O’Mara