My friend Laura wrote this on her blog 10 Million Miles and I just had to share her thoughts on it:
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45
I was thinking about the way in which Jesus worded Matthew 13:45.
Folks say that, from this verse, we must learn how important it is to sacrifice everything in order to pursue Jesus, the supposed “pearl of great price”.
But, maybe we misinterpret this oft quoted verse.
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls…” not “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl of great price.”
Perhaps Jesus meant that the Kingdom of Heaven is Himself as the merchant man, seeking, loving, and purchasing His beloved Church.
Perhaps WE are the pearl of great price.
It would make sense then, despite many-a-convicting sermon, that we can’t “sell everything” for Christ.
No one ever has; no one ever will.
That’s not a glory we have the right to wear.
It is His glory to give everything for us.
It is our glory to thank Him and continually surrender more and more of ourselves to this Great Love.
This is the glory of being found.