The ONE Pearl
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46)
A merchant went searching for pearls.
The merchant found ONE pearl and he had to have it.
Seems like we spend much of our life searching for pearls. Some of them are fine pearls, like happiness, good relationships with others, security. Some of them are perhaps less fine, such as wealth, power, or fame.
The trouble with these pearls, fine though they may be, is that the search never ends. There is always the thought that we can be happier, our relationships can be better, and we are never really secure. And when it comes to wealth, power, and fame, you know the old saying, how much is enough? Always just a little bit more. In the search for fine pearls in life, the only finish line is death.
Sometimes, though, like the merchant of Jesus’ parable, we stumble across something better. In his quest for fine pearls, he happened upon ONE pearl, and realized that one pearl was worth more than all the other pearls combined. Now he is a merchant with ONE pearl, and since he has no means to acquire any more pearls, that one must be enough.
Are you still out searching for those fine pearls, or have you stumbled across that ONE pearl of great value? Maybe that ONE pearl is what we should be searching for all along. Once we find it, then we will know what the kingdom of heaven is like.