“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 13:45-46
“Never make any mistake about this,” writes one man, “the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross was not punitive! It was not for Himself and not for punishment of anything that He Himself had done.” I read recently the prayer of one saint saying, “Thou hast nothing of thine own but sin, nothing to move God to be gracious or to continue his grace towards thee.” Being a sinful man, in all aspects, it would seem my life has no value. But, that is not how my Savior sees you or me! He sees us as a jewel that would seem priceless!
Many of us can read this parable and think the merchant in the story is us finding Jesus and giving our lives over to Him. There is a problem with this view. We have never looked for Him but wandered from Him, He has searched for us (Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 34:11; Luke 15:4). Not only that, what do I have in this life that is of any worth that I might use it to purchase eternity? As that saintly prayer goes, “I have nothing of my own but sin.”
Jesus is that merchant always in search of priceless possessions and in the ancient world, a pearl was said to be “the loveliest of all possessions.” Jesus valued our lives so much that He gave up His life to purchase us and keep us forever.
These promises are for the church made up of sincere Christ-followers. A person who has realized they are a sinner confessed their sins to the Lord and received Him as Savior, confessed Him before others and is now on a path of daily denial of self and obedience to His Word.
What did Jesus say in His Word? “If you confess Me before men, I will confess you before My Father who is in heaven.” Confess Him today as your Lord and spend eternity with Him in heaven.
“Not everyone who is a member of a local church belongs to the one church, the body of Christ. It is only through repentance and faith in Christ that we become a part of His church.” – Warren Wiersbe