“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Yes, yes, of course there’s sacrifice in living a life of following Jesus with other Jesus followers in this world. Nothing less than laying down one’s life for Jesus and the gospel and offering ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. But the value seen in this makes it more than worthwhile. The love one encounters is far beyond our comprehension, not to mention apprehension, that is what we can take in and experience of it. We are in the midst of change in and through Jesus, so that we can take in more and more of it, and share more and more of that love to others. And in this way of life, the grace and kingdom in King Jesus, is sheer joy.