Looking for Pleasure in All the Right Places

—Matt 13:44–46 Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl

 
 
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“Treasure”

Treasure

1. Is it wrong to want to be happy?

“Outside God’s Will”

Outside God's Will

Matthew 13

  1. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and covered up. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.
  2. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
  3. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Do you remember the first question of the catechism?

1. First we will look at some People in the Scriptures that talk about delighting in God

Paul

Ephesians 3:7–21

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  • Look particularly at verses 17-19
  • Paul wants the joy of this love to so totally fill them that it “surpasses knowledge”
  • We will see in a minute that it is this love that gives the power for a new life

Peter

1 Peter 1

  1. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory

Bride of Christ

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2. I want to talk about our Experience of this

Joy in God

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Moses


  1. Without knowledge there is no experience
    • Our relationship is based on facts: forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, holiness, repentance, faith
    • Without the knowledge of salvation, there is simply no relationship
  2. Knowledge is necessary to guard us against false experience
    • Timothy Leary: Celebrate the Lord’s supper using LSD. —Sure, you will get an experience!!!

3.Application

Is there no place for self discipline?

But what if all this is totally outside your experience?

  • I don’t ever have that kind of experience of God
  • My spiritual life is dry and mechanical
    • How can I know more of God’s love?

Matthew 13

  1. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and covered up. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.
  2. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
  3. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Suggestions

  1. You have to be hungry. Be unsatisfied. There is so much more!!!!
  2. Seek his presence
  3. God has planned it so that we need one another and cannot get there alone
  4. The greatest delight is to experience how much he love us, so think especially of his love
  5. Maybe you do not have a living connection with Jesus this morning
  1. You have to be hungry. Be unsatisfied. There is so much more!!!!
  2. Seek his presence:
    • God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb 11:6)
    • Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)
    • Spend time enjoying his presence. “In your presence is fullness of joy” (Ps 16:11)
  3. God has planned it so that we need one another and cannot get there alone
    • God is especially present when Christian gather in his name
    • “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20
    • be sensitive to God’s presence among his people and seek out such opportunities
  4. The greatest delight is to experience how much he love us, so think especially of his love
    • Think especially about what Jesus did for you on the cross and how that is proof of his love
    • He gave his life so that you could be forgiven
    • When we think about what it means that we are forgiven and free, it can unlock the joy and allow it to flow
  5. Maybe you do not have a living connection with Jesus this morning
    • If Jesus is not living inside you, then you cannot experience any of this
    • You need to come into a relationship with him

5. There is no other way to victory in the Christian life