Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! -Jesus
The merchant is an expert on pearls, acquiring only the best. He has an excellent reputation for having an inventory of very high quality. One day, he discovers a pearl that surpasses all others. It is more valuable than everything he has put together. So he liquidates his entire inventory, including his shop and home, to acquire this one-of-a-kind pearl.
Jesus’ story describes the Kingdom of Heaven - life on earth lived His way as well as life after death. It’s better than anything you’ve ever encountered – more valuable than anything and everything you own. In our culture of super, awesome, and ultimate, our language doesn’t contain a superlative amazing enough to touch the Kingdom.
This is great news! The Kingdom of Heaven is truly priceless!
The story is also challenging.
My response to God’s offer of Kingdom life has not been like the merchant’s. Even though I’ve gotten a glimpse of Kingdom life and experienced great joy following Jesus, I still hold earthly relationships, time, and stuff more precious.
Would I move my family to be closer to people who need help? (‘sell’ community)
Would I spend one day every week or month serving others? (‘sell’ time)
Would I make space in my home for someone in need? (‘sell’ privacy)
Would I live with less so I could donate more? (‘sell’ stuff)
Would I spend 15 minutes every day in prayer and scripture? ('sell' time)
How much would you ‘sell’ to encounter this wonderful Kingdom?
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