The One Where we didn’t have 2 Litres of Water

DSCF4341So, we walked down a narrow path, scrambled along a steep riverbank and then we found this tube behind a tree. Upon reading the instructions, we realized that we needed 2 litres of water which was unfortunate because we only had 1 1/2 litres and that was our drinking water for the walk.

If we were hardened geocachers I guess we would have used our drinking water to try to retrieve the cache and once we had used this water the river was only a short distance away. We could have filled our water bottles with water from the river and poured more in. I guess we aren’t hardened geocachers because we kept our water and we were glad that we had it to drink over the next 6 miles that we walked.

Geocaching involves finding something that is hidden and at this one the cache is in a container that floats. To retrieve it you need water and Tracey and I decided that our water was too precious to part with.

I was disappointed not to get the cache, but it didn’t feel important enough to us that we wanted to use all of the water we had.

If there was a £20 in the cache I would have gladly poured all of our water into that tube to find that treasure.

In life, we have all sorts of things that are important to us but would we trade them for something even more valuable?

Jesus said, ’45 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!’ (Matthew 13)

The Kingdom of Heaven is so valuable that it is worth giving everything else up for.

Is that how you feel about following Jesus, that you would give anything up for him?

Christianity sometimes feels a bit more like consumerism, that we are approaching God as customers and that if he doesn’t provide what we want in the way we want it then we might shop elsewhere.

Christianity sometimes feels a bit more like a pick and mix sweet shop. Perhaps we talk to Jesus when we need him and we read the commands in the Bible as suggestions that we obey if and when it suits us.

Our offerings to Christ sometimes feel like the loose change that we have that we might leave as a tip at the end of a meal. This is the same as saying that we will follow Jesus but he can only have what we have spare.

These three subversions of following Jesus are all common in the UK but they are not what God intends.

Jesus said, ’45 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!’ (Matthew 13)

Is Jesus worth more than anything else to us?

What are we willing to give up to follow him?

There is a second way to read the parable, that Jesus is like a merchant who is looking for valuable pearls. When he finds something of worth, he was willing to give everything that he has to make us his. Jesus died on the cross to purchase our freedom.

We are worth so much to Jesus!

He gave up everything to offer us freedom and the opportunity to know and to follow him as Lord.

In the light of this it really is worth asking ourselves

Is Jesus worth more than anything else to us?

What are we willing to give up to follow him?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to The One Where we didn’t have 2 Litres of Water

  1. Reblogged this on Honest about my faith and commented:

    We weren’t willing to part with our drinking water to win the prize and this got me thinking about something Jesus said:
    ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!’
    How much is God’s Kingdom worth to us?

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