A Pearl of Great Price

A Pearl of Great Price

“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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.” – Matthew 13:44,45 Sentimental worth does not directly correlate to monetary value. And yet, in describing the Kingdom of God, Jesus chose to compare knowing Him to an item that was precious and highly treasured to the world as a whole: a pearl. To give you an example of how valuable a pearl was in the first century Roman Empire, there was a famous general, and he paid for his entire Roman conquest with one of his mother’s pearl earrings.  Why were these little pearls so valuable? Probably because they were forged through years of suffering. When an oyster gets an irritant,

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A Pearl of Great Price

“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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.” – Matthew 13:44,45 What’s the most precious thing you own? When you contrast that item with what you think is most valuable to the world around you, how does it compare? I’m willing to bet that for many of you, what you treasure is not something that is considered precious to others, at least not to society at large. This is because we ascribe unique value to something based on our own experiences, emotions, and perceptions. Sentimental worth does not directly correlate to monetary value. And yet, in describing the Kingdom of God, Jesus minced no words. He chose to compare knowing

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A Pearl of Great Price

“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.” – Matthew 13:45,46 You are beloved sons and daughters of God and nothing can alter your value or worth. If you take a diamond and you stomp on it — even if you throw it away — it’s still a diamond. If you cover it in mud or you paint it black, and even if you call it silly names, it’s still a diamond. Similarly, if you take a hundred dollar bill and step on it, dirty it or crumple it, it’s still a hundred dollar bill. Even soiled or covered in mud, cash has value and purchasing power. My point is that things of value stay valuable, and the same holds true for you. You are worth far

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