Blessed… Buried Treasure


“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44, Common English Bible).

To the modern ear the parable of the treasure in the field sounds a bit strange. In this time when mineral rights are often retained by sellers or sold outside the property itself this story would actually happening would be highly unlikely. Additionally, there would be ethical concerns as well. Finding someone else’s treasure and buying the field to have it for yourself instead of telling the owner? Questionable at best.

Things were different in the Biblical era. It was not uncommon for people to bury their treasure, particularly during times of war. Then, as sometimes happens, even today, the person might have been killed or taken prisoner and made a slave. It was not uncommon to find people searching among the ruins after a battle, searching for treasure. If they found something, they were quick to stake a claim, much like someone might have done during the gold rush days.

The whole point of the parable is, that the kingdom is like the treasure itself. When we find the treasure, we should be willing to sacrifice all we have, all we are, in order to have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.

When I think about this parable I look at it in light of Jesus’ conversation with the rich young man (Matthew 19:16-22). This is exactly what Jesus was telling the rich young man. First, when the young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ response, live by the law. The young man said he had done this since he was a boy. Jesus then tells him to go sell all he has, give the money to the poor and come and follow him. The rich young man went away sad as he was unwilling to part with his stuff in order to have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.

The same was as true today as it was back then. How many of us would be willing to sell all we have in order to have the Kingdom of God? I fear the number is small. For way too many in our society, the idea is to accumulate more, not to give away what we already have. In our society, we have no answer to the question, “How much is enough?” When the focus is on more for me instead of helping the poor, we miss the boat.

We have much. The treasure is available. The question for each of us is, are we willing to sell it to buy the treasure?

What are you willing to give up, to get the the Kingdom of God?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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