Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46 NRSV Bible)

What is it that gives God the most pleasure? The answer is, God gets the most pleasure from taking something that the world perceives as worthless and giving it value.

"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" they asked about Jesus, (John. 1:46). "But you, O Bethlehem, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel...," (Micah 5:2). "Pray, Lord," asked Gideon, "how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family," (Judges 6:15).

And these words from Paul: "For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Jesus Christ, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption...."

Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and saying, "Take a look at yourselves. You weren't much to begin with, but God finds joy in taking something that the world doesn't consider worth much and uses it in amazing ways." That's good news for each one of us today!

Dear Jesus, thank you for blessing my life and making me something of great value for God's glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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