Matthew 13:44-46 (VOICE) 44 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that is hidden in a field. A crafty man found the treasure buried there and buried it again so no one would know where it was. Thrilled, he went off and sold everything he had, and then he came back and bought the field with the hidden treasure part of the bargain. 45 Or the kingdom of heaven is like a jeweler on the lookout for the finest pearls. 46 When he found a pearl more beautiful and valuable than any jewel he had ever seen, the jeweler sold all he had and bought that pearl, his pearl of great price.
The ‘pearl of great price’ is one of those phrases that most people have heard of, even
if they don’t really know what it means or even realize that it comes from the Bible. As
parables go, the pearl of great price is a relatively straight forward one. It shares both form and meaning with the parable immediately before it in our passage – the treasure hidden in a field.
Both of these parables have someone searching for something – that is not such a unique thing. All of us are searching for something at one point or another. In fact, we spend a
lot of time searching: for car keys, missing socks, and all sorts of things. Of course, we also
search for much more meaningful things like meaning, fulfillment, purpose, and love.
So searching is to be expected. The important part of these parables is not the searching. It isn’t even that the characters in both parables find something of great worth and value. Instead, the message and call for us is in what happens when we find that valuable thing
we have been looking for.
The ‘crafty man’ who found the treasure buried in the field, didn’t hesitate, as soon as he found the treasure, invested all he had and bought the land the treasure was buried on, so that the treasure would truly be his. The jeweler went looking for some good pearls, and when he found the most beautiful pearl he had ever laid eyes on – he didn’t hesitate and immediately
invested everything he had so that he could have the pearl of great price.
What is the message and the moral? What is the common thread? Searching, sure. Finding, of course. But what really matters is what they did then. Both the crafty man and the jeweler did something important, and something that Jesus wants us to both know and to model. Once these searchers found what they were looking for, the didn’t hesitate, they acted. And not only did they act – they were fully committed.
The crafty man didn’t haggle on the price of the land where the treasure was buried, and neither did the jeweler. They understood that the treasure they had found was worth fully
committing to and was, in fact, more valuable than everything else they have or could ever find.
This is what Jesus is asking for from us. We have searched for meaning, love, purpose, and fulfillment and found the source of all of it in Jesus. What Jesus is calling us to now is to fully commit. Lukewarm commitments and low-ball offers won’t get us the pearl of great price. In order to really grasp hold of the love and meaning we have found in Jesus, we need to go all
Sharing God’s Love,
Prayer: Lord, help us to commit to you with all that we are and all that we do. Give us the courage to risk all that we have to gain more than we can even imagine in our relationship with you. Amen.