Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Would these men have acted in the same manner if they reflected the reactions of the average Christian today? More likely they would have been satisfied to talk about the treasure and the pearl they had found. They would tell people how great it was; they would speak of the splendor of the treasure and the perfection of the pearl. They would be very reluctant to give us their current possessions for in these they found some sense of ease, comfort, and familiarity. They would have asked for some sign that they should give up everything to possess that which they had discovered.
Ask yourself, have you truly possessed the promise? Have you given up all to take a hold of that which has eternal value? Or have you only made a great discovery, refusing to do anything meaningful with what you have found?
The children of Israel discovered that all of God’s promises concerning the land of promise were true (Numbers 13:26-17). However, there were only two (Joshua and Caleb) that desired to possess what they had discovered. The rest of the group was afraid of the potential challenge of possessing so they stayed where they were.
If you are going to possess that which you have discovered, you must leave where you are!