Jesus’ Kingdom is the most valuable thing in the world and you should want to give up everything to follow Him. But why? What makes His Kingdom the most valuable thing in the world?
(1) Jesus’ Kingdom is valuable because those who are apart of it have a restored relationship with God and eternal life.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mt 13:47–50)
Jesus compares the fishermen picking out the bad fish with the angels work when Jesus returns. The angels will separate the evil from the righteous. The evil will face God’s punishment, while the righteous enjoy a restored relationship with the Father and eternal life.
Those who are apart of the kingdom, those who follow Jesus are no longer enemies of God. They enjoy a restored relationship with the Father because Jesus paid the price for their sins, taking the punishment they deserve.
How great is that? How valuable is that? It’s worth more than anything this world could ever provide.
(2) Jesus’ Kingdom is valuable because it will never fail us.
It’s the best investment we could ever make. It is guaranteed. It is no risk because Jesus follows through on His promises. He promises us eternal life. We get it. He promises us joy. We get it. He promises us acceptance. We get it.
On the other hand, the world promises us all kinds of things, but doesn’t come through. And if it does, it’s not lasting.
The World Promises Joy
You might find joy in a new car or home or phone. The joy, however, it provides is only momentary. It’s easily taken away. A car wreck. A dropped phone. A house fire.
The World Promises Satisfaction
You might find satisfaction in your job. What happens, however, if you are fired, disabled and can’t work, or if old age has caught up to you and you are forced to retire?
The World Promises Success, Fame, and Wealth
Take fame for instance. People chase fame all their lives, but it is fleeting and short lived. Think about all the sports stars, actors and actresses, and musicians who are now labeled “has beens.” They were famous for a while, but eventually grew too old or a new rising star stole the spotlight.
Fame is short lived. The same with success and wealth and whatever else the world promises.
The world is always going to fail us. Jesus, however, will never fail us. The kingdom will never fail us. It will be there for all eternity.
Jesus’ kingdom is valuable because:
- It provides us with a restored relationship with God and eternal life.
- It will never fail us.
With something so valuable, why would you ever want to go after anything else?
Questions for Reflection
- Can you think of other reasons Jesus’ Kingdom is the most valuable thing in the world?
- Do you believe Jesus’ Kingdom is the most valuable thing in the world?
Post adapted from my most recent sermon Why Should You Want to Follow Jesus?