Matthew, Chapter 13

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Jesus Talks About the Kingdom of Heaven

1The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:1-9)

Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure; those who find it are willing to give up everything they have just to be worthy of this exciting discovery. Similarly, the Kingdom of Heaven renders all material pursuits worthless. In another parable, Jesus describes fishermen drawing in a net full of fish and selecting the good ones from the bad. Likewise, in the end of time, the virtuous will enter the level of righteousness, whereas the wicked will be cast into fire. Those who only indulge in honor and materialism will burn and be forgotten. We must strive to create the best future we can envision and rid ourselves of all selfish, fleeting, and empty pleasures.

Unselfishness is seeking to receive for the purpose of sharing; unlike selfishness, which is seeking to receive for our own benefit.