Daily Devotional

The Pearl of Great Value

by Simon Whitton

44 "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.
45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)

There are two parables here, and although they seem like a repeat, as if to reinforce the message, I'm not sure that they are.

In the first parable I think the field represents the earth, the world; and, therefore, the treasure hidden in that field would be us. We're treasured by the Lord, our true worth hidden until the next life. But we're chosen and valued by God.

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV)

The'man' in the first parable must then be Christ Jesus, who gave up all He had, and even sold His life as a ransom, purchasing not just men but the whole earth for His kingdom. We belong to Him.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men

1 Timothy 2:5-6a (NIV)

The LORD will be king over the whole earth.
Zechariah 14:9a (NIV)

I think the 'merchant' in second parable is us. Aren't we often like a merchant always looking for something 'fine' to fill our lives. Buying and selling, we chase after the things of this world. We prize our houses, cars, clothes, TVs, computers and music. We fill our lives with a whole string of toys, but it's never enough, they don't satisfy.

But then the merchant finds a pearl of such 'great value' he is willing to sell everything he has to obtain it. Why is he willing to pay so much? Does it have the ability to heal, to provide daily provisions, or even give you the desires of your heart? Does this pearl have the power to grant eternal life to the one who possesses it?

Christ is challenging us. It's us that He prizes. He gave up everything for us, and He was far richer than you can imagine. It even says "in his joy went and sold all;" He even did it with joy! Yet what are we willing to give for Him?

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Matthew 19:21-22 (NIV)

Perhaps perfection is too lofty a goal, but there are things in our lives that the Lord wants from us. Maybe it's more time, worship or obedience; but whatever it is, no price should be too high.

Spend some time in prayer, and thank Him that of all the people on the earth He has chosen you, that you're a treasure to Him, so valuable that He joyfully gave His life to have you. Pray that you would not walk away from the Lord sad, like the young man, but you'd value Jesus as He does you. That you would give anything He asks of you.

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