Jesus liked to tell a good story. Matthew wrote in his gospel (Matthew 13:34):
“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.”
Story telling has been Jesus’ preferred way of explaining things to us, especially when we have trouble relating. Ingrained in our world system, it is difficult to imagine what Heaven is really like. So, one day Jesus sat down and told several stories about the kingdom of God. Here is an excerpt (Matthew 13:44-46).
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
The kingdom of Heaven is worth everything. That is why the merchant and the farmer sold all they had so they could purchase the field with the hidden treasure and claim the pearl.
Selling out is heaven’s mindset. God gave everything to restore a lost relationship. And we give everything to own the hidden treasure, the lost pearl. Finding heaven, we have found all that matters.
Heaven runs on God’s kindness, but the world does not run on human kindness; the world we have created runs on money. Historically speaking, we established the money system a long time ago in order to facilitate the exchange of goods, information and services. Money then quickly became an instrument of political power; taxes are extracted to support the local government.
Mankind in its infancy needed no money. Everything was provided for in the Garden of Eden. That changed when we left Paradise. From then on we had to sustain ourselves. Outside of Eden we pay for our sustenance, which is the deeper reason why we have to pay taxes today.
And so we pay taxes to our country and most importantly pay attention to the Lord who is our priceless treasure.