The Parable Of The Smokin’ Hot Princess
Granted the title here doesn’t quite seem to fit the questions, but I thought it would stir a bit of curiosity especially among male readers. In a far away kingdom, the king had a smokin’ hot princess for a daughter. And the king wanted to find a genuinely worthy husband for her that someday could reign in his kingdom.
But the king, being wise, realized this would not be an easy task. This man would have to honestly love his daughter, be a person of unquestionable integrity, merciful, just and wise. [I know, I know. Some of you ladies, princesses or not, are thinking right now, no such guy exists]. The problem was that if the king asked the men throughout the kingdom, “Who would like to marry the smokin’ hot princess and reign in the kingdom?” well, every male in sight would be Johnny-on-the-spot.
In order to find the right guy, the king set a challenge before all the would-be suitors. The prize would be the hand of the smokin’ hot princess in marriage and rulership in the kingdom. The direction he gave them was to keep his kingdom in perspective in going about their ways. Then the king sent them all off into the world, full of all those things that delight men, to bring back to the king what each thought would be the winning prize. Upon their return, each man would be given an audience with the king to have his treasure judged.
Off they went in pursuit of fame, fortune, and the smokin’ hot princess. After a time, the men began returning from their travels to bring their treasure before the king. Each man showed up in the finest silk and fur garments money could buy to impress the king that he was worthy of his choice. Some brought before the king chests of fabulous jewels, others an abundance of gold and silver, while others brought cattle and sheep by the multitude. One by one, they all appeared before the king.
Finally, the last man came before the king. He was dressed simply. And he had no chests of jewels, no gold or silver and no flocks and herds. So the king asked him, “What have you brought to me that is worthy of the smokin’ hot princess’s hand in marriage so that you may reign in my kingdom?”
He bowed before the king and replied, “As I traveled throughout other kingdoms, I saw that many people were poor and in need. So I took all that I had with me and gave it to them. Then, as I learned from you, I taught them your laws of justice and of mercy. I spoke to them your words of wisdom. And I gave them your examples of brotherly love, so that each man could care for his family and help his neighbor in time of need as he would want done for himself. I bring only the humble gratefulness from these people for the well-grounded morality and wisdom you have given them that has blessed their lives.”
And so it was that the king found his daughter’s husband and someone to reign with him in his kingdom. As we are told, “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things [of mortal life] shall be added to you.” [Read Mat. 6:21-33]. The word kingdom in Greek means power and authority. For when we seek the power and authority of God, putting it first in our lives, God puts his power and authority first in our lives blessing us with his promises.
Yet, nearly all set their heart to seek the riches of this world: money, fame and mortal power, putting their trust in their own power and authority. Our many earthly possessions deceive us, however. Their pursuit diverts our attention away from what is truly valuable. “Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, ‘Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’" [See Mark 10:17-25].
The kingdom of God is the far greater reward than any fortune or fame we can gather here. “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” [Luke 7:28].
But when we look to earthly wealth, our reward is of this world. “For where your treasure is, there also is your heart.” [Luke 12:34]. But like the man who won the hand of the smokin’ hot princess, “A good man out of good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good ….” [Luke 6:45]. For “He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” [Rev. 21:7].
The treasures of this world will disappear. “For behold I create a new Heaven and a new Earth; and the former shall not be remembered nor come to mind.” [Isa. 65:17]. Our life here will be a forgotten dream. “And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth: for the first Heaven and the first Earth were passed away and there was no more sea. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them ….’” [Rev. 21:1, 3].
This describes the kingdom of God on the new Earth. Our reward, when we choose the way of God rather than mammon, will be as the man in the parable. The marriage of the Lamb, “… has made us unto our God, kings and priests; and we shall reign on the Earth.” [Rev. 5:10].
Our everlasting treasure is not of this world. It is not fame, fortune or power on this Earth, which will disappear, never to be remembered. Yet because we are surrounded by what we perceive to be real treasure, we fail to put our efforts into those things that really matter. “What’s the purpose of life?” It is discovering that the real treasure is of the kingdom of God. For this world is merely a passing illusion.
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