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.
All his life he searched for something to fill the hole in his heart. Everything fell short. Pleasure never lasted. The purchase always faded. The adrenaline rush of success was addictive, for sure but all temporal things have a dark side. So, Jesus told a story.
A person was looking for fine pearls. He followed every lead to find the “one” he was looking for. And one day he found it…a costly pearl…one of great value. It meant more to him than anything else. In fact, he “went and sold all that he had” just to buy it. Jesus said that’s what having a relationship with him is like. It is of great value…eternal value! It requires giving up everything else and bowing before Jesus alone as Savior and Lord.
So…how about you? Are you wearing yourself out with the futile search to fill the emptiness inside? Are you learning the hard way that the things of life can’t meet your greatest need? Jesus offers you a personal relationship with him. Are you ready to turn from the stuff you’ve been chasing and accept his free gift of eternal life?
Let’s talk to God.
Father, I am exhausted from chasing “things”— things that feed my identity, things that temporarily satisfy, things to fill the emptiness. Don’t let me look for deep satisfaction in a person or my possessions. I know that when I don’t find my satisfaction in you, I can’t teach my children to find their satisfaction in you. I know when I try to fill my heart with people—even those I love—I am disappointed. Remind me that a person or possessions cannot fill what only you can satisfy. You are the costly pearl! Help me sell out for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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