"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like..." (Matthew 13:45 NRSV)
But there is a third parable, "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." In the ancient world a fine pearl was as valuable as gold is in our day. Unlike the person who stumbled onto unexpected treasure, the pearl merchant was purposefully searching for one fine, perfect pearl. After much effort and a long search the merchant finally found the pearl he was looking for. He was filled with indescribable joy. In fact, he was willing to sell all the possessions of a lifetime in order to own the one exotic stone.

And the life of faith is like that as well. Having Christ in our lives is worth more than any treasure we will ever posses.

Dear God, thank you for the great treasure of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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