A gem of considerable value in the ancient world. So much so that the Jewish Talmud said it was “beyond the value of any set price.” (MacArthur, “Daily Readings from the Life of Christ.” December 20.)
Matthew 13:45-56, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
The kingdom was so valuable to him, that he gave up everything to have it. Isn’t that what the gospel calls us to do? Give up everything we have and are to be saved?
Christ bought us with His life. He gave His own life so that we might live with Him for eternity.
On a more personal level, as a believer, how much do I give up each day to obey Him? His commands are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
Do I count the cost of being a slave of Christ? Do I make a conscious effort to turn every thought to glorify Christ?
Do I pray for my unsaved family and friends? Do I pray at all?
Do I meditate on the precious words of Christ?
Do I seek to walk in the Spirit? Do I produce the fruit of the Spirit?
Do I desire to fellowship with God on a daily basis? Do I pursue fellowship with other believers?
Do I love others? Do I love them selflessly?
Do I seek to do the will of God and make Him known, to the glory of His name?
Do I treasure Christ – knowing that He is my Creator, Redeemer, Lord, Sustainer, Friend – by giving up everything I hold dear on this earth, for the sake of pleasing Him??