A WORD FOR THE JOURNEY
Matthew 13:44: "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."
Matthew 13:44 is a one verse parable. However, it is a powerful verse. This is the parable of great joy.
It doesn't matter how long the treasure was hid, and it doesn't matter how well the treasure was hid, or even the condition of the treasure when it was found. The significance of the parable is that the treasure was found.
In other words, you are important to God. God is not as concerned about your past as He is your future. The fact is God's grace is big enough that your past does not define you. How long had the treasure been walked over, ignored, or even forgotten about? Yet, the treasure was so precious that the finder sold everything that he had to purchase the entire field.
While the world may ignore you, while others may forget about you, you matter to God. You matter to this church and you matter to me.
God has a purpose for your life. That makes you special and valuable to the Kingdom of God.