A legend tells the story of a fisherman called Aaron who lived on the banks of a river. Walking home one evening, with his eyes half-closed, he dreamed of what he could do if he were rich.
His foot struck a leather pouch filled with what seemed to him to be small stones. Absentmindedly he picked up the pouch and began throwing the pebbles into the water. "When I am a rich man," he said to himself, "I'll have a large house". Then he threw another pebble into the river and thought, "My wife and I will have servants and rich food, and many fine things". And this went on until just one stone was left. As Aaron held it in his hand, a ray of light caught it and made it sparkle. He was not throwing away ordinary stones but valuable gems……throwing away the real riches in his hand, while he dreamed of unreal riches in the future. This legend can summarize our situation.
The value of the Kingdom of God is before us if we will but realize. (Matt. 22:1ff )