WHAT IS VALUABLE? (Part #3) 6-16-13

posted Jul 6, 2013, 7:36 PM by Dale Barnes


“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.” (Mt.13:45 NIV)

This parable of Jesus is different from the previous parable of verse 44 that we shared last week.  In this parable Jesus is speaking of “a merchant looking for fine pearls.”  There are people looking for something worthwhile.  They have found the temporary offerings of this world are very empty.  In them there is no lasting value.  I think some take the way of suicide, because life becomes disappointing, even worthless; so they end it by taking their own life. A great tragedy!

But this merchant finds the pearl of great value.  He too sells all he has and buys the pearl.  Remember, this merchant had been looking for valuable pearls, and probably had purchased many expensive items, but when he saw the great value of this one pearl, he sold all to obtain it.

There was a young rich man, who came to Jesus asking what he could do to inherit eternal life. He told him to keep God’s commandments. The young man said. “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus then told him, “go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. then come, follow me.” The Bible tells us that the young man went away sad, because he had great wealth.(Mt.19:16-22 NIV)  He considered his wealth more valuable than eternity and riches in God’s kingdom.

The parable’s merchant, though surely wealthy, gave it all up for the one pearl of great value.  What do we consider most important as Jesus bids us come, seek God’s kingdom first and follow him?  When all is finished, what is truly valuable?