What is our deepest desire? What is it that keeps us up at night, longing for it more than anything else. What is it that we would give up everything for with no hesitation? Is it money? A new job? A spouse? Children? Let’s check Scripture and see what we should be desiring above all else.
“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 13:44-47, ESV)
Amazing, isn’t it? The kingdom of heaven (the active reign of God both now and in the future in heaven) is compared to a treasure and a pearl of great value. Its value is so great that in both of these parables the men sell all that they have in order to get it. They literally are willing to give up everything just to get the treasure and the pearl.
Do we view the kingdom of God like that? Are we willing to give up our most precious things, even if it means giving up everything, to attain the kingdom in our lives?
This is not saying we are desiring something (God’s kingdom) more than we are desiring God Himself. In actuality it is the kingdom of heaven precisely because it is the reign of God Himself; the two are inseparable. By desiring the kingdom, we are desiring God Himself to be with us and rule over us.
There can be no half-hearted measures here. We must hit a point where we desire this above all else. “[S]eek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33, ESV) We are to seek it first, as our primary object of desire.
Let us pray that God will increase our desire for Himself, and that we will actively pursue that desire with everything we have.