God’s Word is manna from Heaven (John 6:58). When you eat earthly food, you get earthly strength; when you eat Heavenly food, you get Heavenly strength. That’s what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “man shall not live by (earthly) bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
My calling as a Pastor is to feed you Heaven’s food, to give you strength from Heaven, so you can live in victory and holiness. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 talks about the job of the minister as distributing God’s blessings to the people by exploring God’s secret. Yes! God does have secrets!
Many times the Bible refers to the secret things that belong to our God. For example, it says in Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
A secret is something that isn’t readily seen, or found out. It has to be revealed or explained. And that’s my calling as a minister of God’s Word.
In Matthew 13:44, Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hid in a field; which when a man hath found, he hideth, and from joy over it goeth and shelleth all that he hath and buyeth that field.”
The man found out about the riches that were hidden beneath the surface of the earth, and sold all that he had, so he could buy that field. Then, even though he had sold all that he had ever been able to get for himself, he was richer than he ever could have gotten on his own! Now, he had real estate AND the wealth of the treasure that was buried in the earth!
How could he sell all that he had? He could do it because of what he had SEEN! The treasure was there, no doubt. The man had seen it. All he needed in life was in that treasure hidden in the earth. The only way he could get the buying power to purchase that field was to sell all that he wanted more than anything!
Many people, in fact, anybody, COULD have gotten that treasure, but they didn’t. Like many Christians today, they didn’t have eyes for what was on the inside of that field. All they could see was what was on the surface. Most Christians won’t get rid of their old ways of thinking and believing in order to get the treasure that God has for them in life. They hang on to their old ways and lose out on the treasure that God has for them.
Who owns the field? The Bible says that “the earth is the Lord’s and all it containeth.” The field is God’s and the treasure, beneath the surface of the earth. What’s that got to do with you?
Simply this: God made man from what? Genesis 2:7 says “…God formed man of the dust of the ground.” Man “is of the earth, and is earthly (John 3:31).” Then, 2 Cor 4:7 says that WE are earthen vessels, or containers. It also says that THIS is where the treasure is. Specifically, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels!”
The field was an earthly container of a treasure and the Bible says YOU are an earthly container of treasure! The treasure, God’s treasure is on the INSIDE OF YOU!
That’s why we “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are NOT seen. (2 Corinthians 4:18)”. We don’t look at the field, but at the treasure that’s beneath the surface of that field, in your heart!
Where is the treasure? Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:34).” By adding the word, “also”, He was saying, where your treasure is. They’re the same place. Your treasure is already in your heart, on the inside of you.
That’s why Jesus said, “A good man (or woman, boy or girl), out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth a good thing. (Matthew 12:35).” When you have faith, you have on the inside of you the substance of the things God wants to bring into your life. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” And, Proverbs 4:23 says, “…out of the heart are the issues of life.”
Back to the man who bought the field. A few weeks after his buying the field, suppose a stranger was traveling past the field and noticed a great house, where the poor were being fed and missionaries were being cared for. He’d probably ask who lived there. When the answer came, the stranger would be shocked. The owner of that little field was also the owner of the house that was bringing great blessings to the world! All the abundance that was coming forth came from that little patch of earth!
“How does he do it, with just this little field? How can all this abundance come from these little patches of tomatoes, corn, wheat and melons that I see? There must be some other source! There’s more here than meets the eye!”
Exactly! Like it says in Hebrews 11:3, “things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” In other words, the great house, the food and clothes for the poor, the funds for the missionaries and the rooms for the homeless do not come from the crops of the field that you see. No, they come from the treasure in the field that wasn’t readily visible!
The treasure in the field is what brought forth all these blessings. The crops produced on the ground are almost worthless compared to what came from beneath the surface!
Other people had only seen that field for the few meager crops it could produce. But, the man who brought that field saw what could come from what the others couldn’t see. You’ll either live from what’s on the surface of your life, what can you do for yourself and get for yourself, or you’ll live by what God can do for you from His Spirit on the inside of you.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is within you,” Jesus said in Luke 17:21. That’s why I try to preach the Word to you, to get it into your heart. When you get the Word in you, it starts building up your inner spirit.
Then you begin to feel what God can bring forth in your life, if you’ll just let Him. Jesus said, “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).” It gives God PLEASURE to give to his children!
When you become aware of the treasure, the blessing of God that’s on the inside of you, you learn to draw out of that treasure and minister to others the things of Jesus Christ.
God’s secret hiding place is on the inside of you! The things of God begin on the inside and work their way outward, into your world. The inward produces the outward. It begins in the spiritual realm and works its way into the natural.
In the same way that sin begins on the inside, in the heart, so does righteousness and blessing. When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, he lost dominion, or control because control begins within. Control over his own spirit was lost first. That’s the way it is with all sin. Then, the sin came outwardly. The outward is a measure of the inward. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
It’s by acknowledging that treasure in the field that your life changes. It’s by drawing on God’s grace and riches on the inside of you that you become a blessing in the earth. “The communication of thy faith becomes effectual by acknowledging the good things that are in you, by Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:6).” Your faith begins to work effectively when you draw on that treasure placed on the inside of you, in your heart, by Christ Jesus.
So, stop acknowledging how things appear! Stop trying to live on the little bit that you can do for yourself! God has planted on the inside of you great wealth for meeting every need you have! Stop acknowledging or living by inferiority and lack! Begin to live on that treasure on the inside of you that treasure in the field! Let go of all that YOU have and partake of all that Jesus Christ has for you in God!