“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
a merchant looking for fine pearls.
When he found one of great value,
he went away and sold everything he had
and bought it.”
Jesus parables of the Kingdom speak to us both of the Kingdom and the King Himself.
Here He compares the Kingdom to the most beautiful pearl in the world. It is one of such value and beauty that the merchant who appreciates its qualities would be prepared to give everything that he had for the privilege and joy of acquiring it. Its message to us is that we should see the Kingdom of God in the same light. The practical outworking of our desire would be to live out the values of the Kingdom right now, seeking to give up worldly ambitions and desires for the privilege of living out the beauty of God’s love and will.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth (in, through and around me) as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
The second point is that what God illustrates to us He has already done for us. Each one reading this is, to God, a pearl of great beauty and value. Such is His love and desire for you that He was prepared to give everything that He had for the joy of having you with Him throughout eternity.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Each one of us is an ‘whoever.’ The choice to believe or not believe is ours. And, by God’s grace, we can carry on believing as our journey continues to unfold.
Love and obedience are decisions – not emotions.
Father You have lived out, and continue to live out, Your love and commitment to me. Please help me to live out my love and commitment to You – and may they grow stronger and purer every day. Amen.