Matthew 13:45-46 of today’s Scripture says: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Consider this: You are the merchant in the parable. Your goal is to acquire a beautiful pearl (v. 45). You desire to own this pearl because you believe it will provide something you need.
Let’s say you’re not satisfied with the life you’re living, and you want something better. You may have low self-esteem. Somebody may be trying to make you think you’re not good enough. You may think nobody cares about you. Nothing you try seems to work the way you expected. The point is that you lack something essential. But you’re not sure what it is!
You seem to be walking around in circles and you’re confused about where you’ll eventually end up. You feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. You need a change, a new direction.
So, you ask yourself: “Where do I find the thing that’s going to make it all better?”
Some people at church told you that if you found a single pearl of great price, your problems would be over. They said you would discover the pearl in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Okay,” you might have replied. “I’m ready for some relief. How do I get it? Point me in the right direction. Where is this Kingdom of Heaven?”
The next segment of this series outlines the path.