“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,  who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
Question: do you treasure Jesus above anything?
That’s what I’ve kept asking myself over the past several weeks. And it’s been quite the gut-check as I evaluate the way that I spend my time and energy. Based upon the verses above (and a number of other passages), I would say that Jesus requires exclusive dedication from us. It seems that these parables are meant to describe to us the type of buy-out that He expects from His followers. Apparently, the Savior is hinting in these illustrations that following Him is worth the loss of everything or, at very least, the diminishment of anything that challenges His lordship.
The apostle Paul seems to have gotten it, as is evidenced in Philippians 3:7-8 where he states, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:7-8).
Now, I pose the same question to you that I have been wrestling with for close to a month – DO YOU TREASURE JESUS ABOVE ANYTHING?
If the answer is “no”, you may want to spend some time trying to rediscover the “joy of [your] salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Remember what you have been rescued from (sin and death) and to (eternal life in Christ). The grace that He extends is far more costly than we can fathom, so we must not allow our wandering hearts to carry us to a place of forgetfulness and apathy.
The Gospel message must penetrate every facet of our lives because it means EVERYTHING for the Christ-follower. It must affect change. A life transformed by Christ should be noticeable (in word and deed), and it is through this display that we reveal our affections for Him.
Ask yourself this question daily. Be honest. When you allow something to hijack the throne of your heart, ask God to forgive you and grant you endurance and strength to withstand the desires of your flesh to flee from the God of your salvation.
Cherish Him. He is worthy of our greatest affection and devotion.