“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 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.” -Matthew 13:44-46
Something radical happens when you first encounter Jesus and acknowledge Him as your Savior. Your life is transformed and renewed. Everything you once knew and held valuable pales in comparison. To Apostle Paul, being called to serve Christ rendered everything else in his life as rubbish (Philippians 3:7-8).
A man drove a dump truck of trash to a landfill. When he dumped his load of trash, he was shocked to see people come from all the corners to dig through the trash. A man nearby explained that recently someone found a piece of gold in the trash. In hopes that more gold would appear, these people had taken to coming to the landfill to shift through the trash.
Isn’t that us some days? We seek for something or someone special – something that will change our lives. From diets to the perfect husband, the promise of more tempts us and consumes us. Sometimes, it even means digging through emotional “trash” – lies, addictions, eating disorders, toxic or abusive relationships.
All along though, that pearl is right beside you. Embodied in Christ and found in the pages of the Bible, the Kingdom of God is our once in a lifetime treasure trove.
These two men found IT. One stumbled across it accidentally, while the other dedicated his life to seeking that one special pearl. Both men recognized the value of what they discovered and to keep the treasure, they were willing to sell everything else they had.