A recent trip through a local Peddler’s Mall brough to mind one of Jesus’ most noted parables: “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, NJKV).
I was making a quick walkthrough just before closing time on a Saturday evening. Before moving into a small unit in a retirement community, I operated an antique business. The love of ‘old things’ did not end with the dispersal of my stock. I still enjoy looking at and admiring pieces from the past.
As I hurried through the aisles, I spotted a beautiful art glass compote. Although I was not familiar with that particular type of glass, my instincts seem to say, “This is a really good piece.” I looked at the price. It was only $3.50. A piece marked that cheap was not likely to be valuable, and there was no time for closer examination. I sat it back on the shelf. On my way home, I couldn’t get the compote out of my mind. Later in the evening at home, I went on an internet search. With more luck than skill, I located the piece and found that the compote was of considerable value. My initial instincts were right. I was excited. The Mall was not open on Sunday; however, I was at the door when the business opened on Monday morning. The piece was still there. I was able to make the purchase and take my ‘pearl of great price’ home.
When I was in my teens, I attended a revival service at a local church with some friends. There, for the first time I really listened to the Gospel. I heard the Good News that Jesus loved me and died for my sin. Intuitively, I knew this message was for me. I understood my need of being ‘born again’. I received Jesus as my personal Savior. That night Jesus became and remains to this day my ‘Pearl of Great Price’! My heart resonates with the Apostle Paul’s words. ”Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ” (Philippians 3:8, CEV).
I sing with Isaac Watts:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
Where every realm of nature mine
My gift was still be far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all
Temporal treasures may be valuable because of their beauty or because they are rare, but they will all pass away. Jesus, the true ‘Pearl of Great Price’, is eternal.
~ Brother Roy