Focus Scripture – Matthew 13: 45-46 – “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”
In everyone’s life, there will come a time when you are faced with chaldlenges you’ve never encountered before. Those challenges may involve doing something new, dealing with unpleasant circumstances, or grappling with change whatever that may entail. Some of your problems may involve relational difficulties, confusion about who you are, uncertainty about what you have been called to do in life.
Sometimes you have to deal with your issues alone. You will have no one to turn to for the answers. In fact, you’ll feel as if you’re out there all by yourself. Today’s text suggests that when you start getting confused and off-track or when you begin feeling uncertain and unsettled about things, you might want to seek help in the Kingdom of Heaven.
In today’s text, Jesus uses parables to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven. Most of His parables were concise stories that clearly illustrated a single, spiritual truth about life’s circumstances. When we hear the stories, we attempt to relate their messages to our own lives. The 13th chapter of Matthew’s gospel contains the parable of the Hidden Treasure and the parable of the Pearl. These two stories are paired together to illustrate the high value of the Kingdom of Heaven, and what we have to do to obtain it. This reflection series will concentrate on the Parable of the Pearl (vv. 45-46). You may be wondering why Jesus chose to teach using parables. We will examine the reasons in the next segment of this five-part series.