One wintry day, I was walking out to the mailbox and accidentally dropped an envelope with money onto the cold, snowy ground. Because the envelope was the same color as the ground, I did not see I had dropped it. My son, proudly walked in after picking it up and announced, "looking for something?"
I had been looking for it. I had torn the whole house apart, begging god to give me some idea where it had gone. It was my sacred treasure. I would have done anything to find it, including selling my other possessions just to have it back. Once I had reclaimed it, I rejoiced over having found my lost treasure.
This parable illustrates the same point. The person who has found the treasure believes it is his most prized possession, so he hides it again so no one will find it, sells all he has and recovers it, knowing he has everything he could ever want or need.
Jesus feels this way about us, his most prized possession. Unfortunately, we don't always feel the same about him, throwing away our treasure instead of selling all we have so we can cherish it even more.
Is Jesus your most coveted treasure? Would be willing to sell everything you own to get closer to him or to follow Him more closely?