“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found…”
The treasure is Jesus.
He’s hidden. But God is hidden only to the degree of our spiritual progress.
The field is the Church.
So, Jesus is hidden in the Church.
The “someone” in the field is every single man and woman on the planet.
Finding the treasure is encountering Jesus.
Selling everything you own to buy the field has several meanings.
You must buy the field, you can’t steal the treasure. Cheating doesn’t work!
The treasure doesn’t come without the field. Jesus doesn’t come without the Church. You don’t just buy-in to the Church, you buy it! You give your life.
It’s a cost you’ll pay willingly, voluntarily, gladly, joyfully and expectantly, you’ll jump at it provided you can see the treasure… not unlike a business man selling so that he can buy to make a killing!
Using the parable what can we work out about those who’ve left the Church?
They were in the field but left it… perhaps they didn’t like something in the field, or someone, perhaps they couldn’t see anything but a bog…
However, according to the parable the real reason people leave the field is that they didn’t find the treasure. Perhaps they didn’t even know there was treasure in it – perhaps they still don’t know!
Simple. The whole God question is very simple, mysterious, but very simple.