“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
And this is how I found the kingdom of heaven.
God in His grace sent His Son. It is clear when reading John 3:16-21 that Light (Truth) came into the world. It is also clear that my response to God’s Light would determine whether Jesus’ death would save me or not. God knew what my response would be. He knew me before I was in my mother’s womb. He knew what I would do when He opened my eyes to the kingdom of heaven. I would desire it above all else.
How sad and short-sighted to reject God’s Light for the sake of hiding evil. “But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor the will of man but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Seldom do I bother my readers with Hebrew or Greek words and their meanings, but this time is an exception. The Greek word “exousia” is rarely translated as “right.” Exousia is conferred power to act, delegated authority. Remember the centurion? His faith was based on his understanding of exousia. Most versions of Scripture translate exousia by using the words “power” or “authority” Although “right” is not wrong, it does not convey the awesomeness of being authorized and empowered by Jesus to become children of God.
How amazing is that! I have been born again by the will of God to become His child. Grace opened my eyes, what I do with opened eyes is now on me. What kind of son do I want to be? A son who glorifies his Father in the kingdom of heaven and on earth. How about you?
All pales in the light of the honor God has bestowed upon us, that we would be called His children.