Years ago, Bill asked me to come over and see his new truck. When I got there, it was obvious why he didn’t drive it over.
It was this rusty old Chevy pickup from the 50’s. It was in bad shape. Not so much a barn find. More of a barn never mind.
It looked familiar, so I asked where he got it. Turns out it was from a salvage yard I drove past on my way to work. I had seen that truck lots of times and had never given it a second thought. It was just part of the background.
I wished him luck and didn’t think about it again. Until he asked me to come see his new truck a year or so later.
When I got there, a midnight blue 1950 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck was sitting in his driveway. Looking for all the world like it had just driven off the showroom floor.
He had put countless hours into what I had written off as not worth the bother. He ended up with something that looked amazing. And that nearly doubled the money he had put into it, when he sold it later that year.
If you know what something really is, then it’s worth all the effort. Because the payoff will be amazing.
It’s what Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel. With the treasure found in the field, with the pearl of great price.
It’s the same thing with the faith. If we don’t know what it really is, it’s easy to pass by without giving it a second thought. For it to become part of the background.
But that’s the thing about the faith. When you realize what it really is, you’ll want to put in the effort. Because the payoff will be amazing.Read More