Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pearl of Great Price

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46, NKJV

Pearl of Great Price

Jesus told parables or stories to help the disciples understand some great spiritual truths. Such is the case in this story of a merchant who sought beautiful pearls. One day, he found it--the most beautiful pearl he had ever seen. He sold everything he had just so he might buy this beautiful pearl which was actually priceless to him.

What truth was Jesus trying to teach to His disciples? The disciples were not scholars--they were common people with common occupations. Just as we are often consumed in our day with discovering that one thing that will set us apart from every other person--that one thing that will bring to us unlimited riches, so were the people of Jesus' day.

We joke about winning the lottery, but how many of us in our heart of hearts really believe that winning the lottery will bring us untold happiness and joy? Imagine that--no debts and more money than we can possibly earn in a lifetime.

Jesus knew the hearts of the people. Was He really saying to them that their happiness as well would be untold if they found that great pearl that was priceless? No! Jesus was saying this, "Imagine that merchant who buys and sells pearls. One day, the merchant found the most beautiful pearl--priceless. He was so overcome with surprise and joy that he sold everything he had to obtain it. That man," Christ continued, "Is like the one who finds the kingdom of heaven."

Now Jesus had their attention. How could that be? How could the kingdom of heaven be like that priceless pearl? Jesus was using a simple illustration to teach to them the true value of heaven. 

How many of us are like those people--spending our lives searching for that great thing that will make us rich and famous? Is that really the true secret of happiness and joy? No! Jesus was showing that nothing on this earth can compare to the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, let us not, as the people of this world, set our affections on the things of this world. 

True joy only comes from Christ and is not dependent upon our circumstances. In Christ, we have more than anything this world can offer, for in Him our sins are forgiven and we have an eternal life with God. In Christ, we have the kingdom of heaven.

May we, as believers, reach out to Christ to provide everything we need for joy and peace. And, when we reach the end of our days on this earth, may we find our coffers to be filled with heavenly treasure. Nothing else will matter!

May you, this day find the pearl of great price: the kingdom of heaven.

God Bless You,

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