The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field—and to get the treasure, too!
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout of choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! (NLT)
The hidden treasure and the pearl of great value I would say is heaven. This is given to us in the first line of these two short parables. But I would suggest that Jesus Christ is really the treasure. In Jesus we have heaven. In Jesus we have everything of value, everything we would ever want: joy, peace, love, friendship, and contentment.
Notice in the two parables how the man set out to get the treasure. It is the same for each parable: he sold all that he had and bought it. Now you may ask, how much is that? How much did the treasure cost? The answer is simple: it cost him everything that he had. But the principle here that really struck me is that God has set the price for the treasure (Jesus) on a sliding scale—so that it was different for every person, yet the same for every person. It is the extremely high cost of everything that each person has.
So the person who has possessions amounting to $1,000,000,000—that’s the price that God requires him to pay to get the great treasure. And the person who has possessions amounting to $100, 000—that’s what the treasure will cost him. And the person who has only $20 in possessions—that’s what he is required to pay.
I suppose there is a lot more we could get out of these parables, but this is how I see it; this is the way it struck me. We could also make these observations:
1. It may seem unfair for the rich to give so much and for the poor to give so little; however, at the same time, the rich have more to give and the poor have very little to give, so they are both sacrificing equally as much.
2. Since, in the rich man’s view, he is sacrificing more, it may be harder for him to obtain the great treasure (Jesus). Jesus said it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matt. 19:23-24).
3. In the end, all those who gave of what they had to get the treasure, however rich they were on this earth, they will end up with the same heavenly treasure; and so, all will be equally rich in heaven.
4. In both parables there is a great discovery. Likewise, when a sinner discovers the great gift of salvation—that Jesus died for his sins and that he can receive a new life in Christ—this is the great discovery of all time. It is sad that some aren’t willing to pay the price to get the prize; but those who do are never disappointed. For us who are Christians, we have the treasure now (Jesus), and we enjoy it; but when we get to heaven we will really see its value and will enjoy it (Him) all the more.
Note: the price of heaven (and Jesus) is not really money, it is you. You have to give up your self, your life. And you have to be willing to give up everything you have. God wants you and everything you have. And when you give it to Him, He will give you the kingdom.