Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”
What we see in these two sayings is that the Kingdom of God is something of great value. Its value is so great that it calls a person to do everything to achieve it. Its intrinsic value is so great that it calls the person who recognizes its value to stop everything no matter where they are in life. In the first passage the person who finds the treasure buried in the field does what they can to obtain the field. The reason for this is that had the person simply dug up the treasure it would have belonged to the owner of the field. Here Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of God calls us to conversion. When we encounter it, we smother it and guard it jealously. So when we reflect on the Kingdom of God, which is here and still to come, we must remember that we must act decisively and do what it takes to make it a reality.