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.
Usually a pearl is formed when some type of parasite tries to attack an oyster. To protect itself, the oyster begins to coat the irritant with a fluid. Layer after layer of this coating, called ‘nacre,’ is put around this irritant until it’s transformed into a beautiful pearl.
The Kingdom of grace is like this pearl because it takes the sin that has tried to attack us and turns it into something of great worth. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. There is no sin or parasite that grace cannot cover—and not just cover but turn it into something of great worth. Jesus is this pearl. Grace is a person, and He came to bring value back to our lives.
The Kingdom is so valuable. It’s not just any truth or any pearl. It’s the pearl. It’s the only pearl of such high value that it’s worth forsaking everything else for this one pearl.
Do you see the Kingdom as more valuable than what you own? Do you see the Kingdom as more valuable than every other thing you see as valuable in your life?
// Pastor Josh Kelsey