Matthew 13

Matthew 13:1-58

SUMMARYGod’s kingdom

OVERVIEWJesus tells several parables to explain the kingdom of heaven.

BIG IDEABuild God’s kingdom, not your own.

KEY VERSEMatthew 13:44 (Jesus to disciples)
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.

Living with me is, by far, the best way to live. Joining me where I am working in the community around you is the most fulfilling way to spend your time. Experiencing my peace, power, and presence in your life is more significant than any other high you could ever seek. If something is distracting you from me, do whatever it takes to get rid of it so you can get on with this amazing life. 

What we do together lasts forever. Everything else is empty and temporary. The more you get to know me and experience me, the less interested you will be in selfish pursuits that end up getting you nowhere. Spending time with me and helping others do the same is a complete way to live, and it is also an eternal investment. My kingdom is more valuable than you can know. Spend your time, energy, and money to build it, and you will be blessed.

Think of one way you can serve at your church, and one way you can help your community. Make arrangements now and commit to doing one or both of these things this month. If you are already serving somewhere, invite someone to join you.