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 Henry writes of the kingdom: “Those who discern this treasure in the field, and value it aright, will never be at ease until they have made it their own on any terms.”
Many people feel uneasy about their identity and their worth in this life. We feel uneasy when someone is more successful than us or when someone doesn’t recognize us. The merchant was uneasy. He did not stop looking until he found the pearl of great price, and he did not stop being uneasy until he possessed that pearl in his hands.
It is one thing to seek truth, but it is another to do whatever it takes to possess it as our own when we find it. Many of us might’ve heard the good news of this Kingdom. We might have heard about what Jesus has done for us and the grace that is available for our lives, yet we still have an uneasiness about us. Perhaps we are still wondering if there is a greater pearl out there, one worth selling out for? Perhaps we are still holding onto other things of value? We are wanting this pearl, but we are not prepared to let go of other places of identity in order to possess true identity or value in Christ.
The treasure in the field and the merchant looking for the pearl both illustrate to us the extreme value awaiting us in Christ. Everything we have ever been looking for is in this treasure, this pearl. It is everything and more, because both of these men, illustrated by Jesus, joyfully and willingly sell all that currently gave them worth to have the one thing that could give them true worth.
If we are uneasy about who we are it might be time to let go of things in which we currently find value. Today we can let go of what this world sees as valuable for what is of true value—no longer just knowing that there is a great pearl, but rather possessing it.
Whatever the cost. Whatever it takes.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey