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
People are seekers. They always seem to be looking for find something to fill a void in their lives. Some seek honor. Others search for love. Or respect. Or fame. Or money.
Jesus spoke of a merchant seeking pearls. One day this merchant finds a pearl of great price. It must have been the most beautiful pearl he had ever seen. He decides he needs to buy the pearl. Only one problem: He doesn’t have enough money. What can be done? He needs the pearl. Finally, he sells all that he has to buy it.
“What a foolish man,” we may think. “Selling all he has for a pearl? He can’t eat a pearl. He can’t live in it. It’s just something pretty to look at.”
But this man is a merchant, not a jewel collector. He buys and sells things. He’s willing to sell all he has to buy the pearl because he knows he can sell it at a much greater price than everything else put together.
Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like this. When we come to Christ, we are seeking. We need God to fill the void in our lives. People often try to fill the void with everything but God. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. Fame. Career.
Only God can fill the emptiness.
Many see what God offers but are not willing to pay the price. They won’t “sell” all they have to “buy” Him. They hold things back when God wants it all. They hold on to their sin. Or their relationships. Or their job.
Others give everything to God because they know He offers so much more than they could ever give Him.
Jesus asked, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Owning the whole world means nothing compared to what Christ offers. Are you willing to sell all to buy this pearl of great price?
– Jason Mitchener is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker, and aspiring screenwriter. You can find out more about him at http://www.JasonMitchener.com or read his personal development blog at http://www.forwardhabit.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @jasonmitchener.