We see the writer of Ecclesiates tell us that he chased after everything he could think of to gain joy. He chased after everything that his heart could imagine to find that happiness and peace. But, as it says over and over throughout the book, it was all vanity.
The prophet Isaiah asks in chapter 55, why do you spend money on that which is not bread, your wages on that which does not satisfy. We spend a lot life chasing after things which in the end will not leave us fulfilled or satisfied. We can spend time going after that which is not ultimately going to give us life.
That life, that joy, that contentment, it comes only through God. May we spend out time chasing not vanity, but chasing after the life that comes from God,
New Testament Lesson
Paul tells that Galatians that he lives to please only one: God. We can spend out lives trying to please everyone, but as someone once said, you can't make all the people happy all the time. Paul says he focus was on doing what God had called him to do, and in doing that, he found the approval that his, and ever life, desires.
Today, let's focus on doing what we know God has called us to do; let's focus on pleasing Him, and as well do that, all else will fall into place.
We see in this parable two great truths. First, the kingdom of heaven is the greatest treasure one could ever have. It is greater than anything else that one could ever desire. We see in this passage that folks will go to any lengths to possess this treasure.
How amazing is it, then, that God simply wants to give it us? He simply wants us to live in His grace and mercy and find the joy of that kingdom today, and every day. Today, as Jesus tells us, the kingdom is within is, the kingdom is our midst. May we live in the joy of that kingdom.
And we see in the last parable, that the angels will come and they will separated the fish, the good from the bad. Let's leave that job to them. God will be the one that will judge, let's do all that we can to preach grace, to live grace, and to love with the love of God. And from their, let's leave the rest of up to God.