One pearl of great price

Call it passion. Call it obsession. Call it single minded devotion, giving up everything to obtain one pearl of great price. What is your treasure? How devoted are you to obtaining it? One pearl of great price is worth more than all other treasures. This tiny parable of Jesus speaks volumes.

Matthew 13:45-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

We admire a person who is totally devoted to a good cause. Whether it is some form of philanthropy or just a person who wants to see justice done.  We can even identify with fictional characters who go overboard in their efforts to seek revenge for wrongs done to them. A bank robber or jewel thief who plans and schemes to gain some ill gotten treasure becomes the subject of good adventurous fiction.

Think Indiana Jones and his quest for famous religious relics like the Arc of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the sacred stones, the crystal skull.We admire that his passion gave him almost super powers as he risked life and limb for a chance to obtain one treasure.

In all these cases, total devotion to a cause attracts our interest. Dull and boring people are those who wander around in life without any goal and without any dreams.

The GREAT CAUSE

There is one cause that exceeds all others as the GREAT CAUSE. It produces more interest, devotion, and adventure than anything else.  To the uninitiated, this cause appears preposterous, even foolish. But remember why this story is told by Jesus as a parable.

Matthew 13:10-15 New International Version (NIV)

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

The disciples of Jesus also wondered about what reward was there in following him.

Matthew 19:27-29 New International Version (NIV)

27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

A personal message

At this time the kingdom of heaven exists only on the personal level.  No religious institution, political organization or government can have anything to do with it.The message of Jesus has always been and will always be personal to you and to me.

Jesus did not support any kind of revolt against Rome.  He was not interested in improving the lot of the Jews by political activism. He did not protest any abuse of power or state sponsored sin. Instead he called individuals to follow him.

Matthew 4:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 8:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 9:9 New International Version (NIV)
The Calling of Matthew
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Matthew 10:38 New International Version (NIV)
38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24 New International Version (NIV)
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 19:21 New International Version (NIV)
21 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.”

Mark 1:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Mark 2:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

Mark 8:34 New International Version (NIV)
The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Mark 8:34 New International Version (NIV)
The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Luke 5:27 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him,

Luke 9:23 New International Version (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:59 New International Version (NIV)
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Luke 14:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

If you do not personally follow Jesus, you are not his disciple and you have no part in the kingdom of heaven.

The great adventure

One pearl of great price is a process of giving up everything and anticipating possession that lead to wondrous adventures in your life. The kingdom of heaven is here and now as well. True Christians lead adventurous lives hidden from others that give incredible satisfaction even before obtaining what has been promised.

Hebrews 11:39-40 New International Version (NIV)

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Take action

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