Matthew 13:45-46 The Pearl of Great Price

pearls-in-hand“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,  who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matt. 13:45 -46

Many times evangelist make this pearl to be salvation, but it is not. They present an easy salvation, that all one has to do is ask Jesus into your heart and every thing will be fine.  You will have the pearl.  But this is not about the pearl.  Neither is this pearl is a future kingdom, of glory and perfection that was never promised.  For the pearl is not the kingdom of heaven, the merchant’s search is.

When he found the one fine exquisite pearl he sold all the other pearls he had to obtain this one great pearl.  There is a cost or an effort to obtain the Kingdom.  It will require our all.

It is one thing to believe that Messiah died and rose from the dead to cleanse you of all sin, it is another to make Him King of your life.  That will cost all you have.  The other pearls must go.   Sure they have luster and are pretty, but they are not extraordinary.  They are the things of this world, and in the light of the Kingdom their luster becomes dingy, pale, and insignificant.  If we will only step back a bit and access them truthfully.  Oh how we love these insignificant sparkly shiny things, the tinsel, lights, or colored eggs, all catch our attention.  To top it off the spiritual leaders have renamed all these insignificant things with Christian names, fooling many into thinking that they have the great pearl, when what they have is a cheap imitation.  This singular extraordinary pearl, can only obtained by truth.

We must put away the things of this world.

Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.  Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice,  and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Eph. 4:25 -32

Lying about anything, but especially spiritual things, brings an opportunity to the devil.  Stop right now telling the children that the 25th of December is Jesus’ birthday,  or that He rose from the dead on the pagan day of Ishtar.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”   James A. Garfield 

The real pearl is hidden in the words of the Bible.  The real submission of our lives, is there.  One must go on this journey alone.  Oh others may help you with language, maps, and history books.  But like the Song of Solomon, where there is a harem, God has only one woman, just one, the individual believer, alone, each and every one of us are the only one, there are no others.  There is no need for jealousy among believers.  Because God is omnipresent, He is with each of us alone.  We walk with God alone, even though the harem cheers us on.  Just as we cheer others on.

We must not look sideways at others for our assurance that Messiah loves us.  As Peter, when told to feed Messiah’s sheep was worried about John.  It is not our concern how others may fair, we walk alone, with our God [John 21:15-22].

To obtain the Kingdom will take all your effort for all your life.  It is a lifestyle, or perhaps a quest. We are standing right in the middle of the Kingdom, and we don’t even know it, because we are deceived by the pearls of life that we cling to.  Oh yes, your wedding day, and the first baby in your arms are truly fabulous and wondrous events in your life. And all that will help you understand God as father and husband. But finding the Kingdom is beyond any adjective in any language of man.  This will be the greatest endeavor of your life.

Oh and selling off those insignificant, frivolous, inconsequential pearls will be painful and sometime frightening.  It will even alienate one from the family and friends that are still addicted to them.  But if we want Messiah to be king of our lives, the cheaper pearls must go.

Then Jesus told his disciples,  “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matt. 16:24 

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:30

 

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