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The precious pearl

Heda Domitrović

Jesus said: ‘’Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.’’ (Mathew 13:45+46)

I’m thinking what did Jesus, vent to warn us with these? In my mind I compare merchant with a man who insists to find a value to add bigger and stronger sense of his life.
In this case, the man does not even know what actually the true meaning of his life is.

This man knows that his quest is not empty illusion and is on the trail of the real answer, but cannot receive, because he does not know to ask the right questions.

He asks, and even when he gives up searching, deep in himself, he knows that there is something bigger and much more than what he can grasp.

The man palpated darkness knowing that great light will shine only when approached or touched one who hides all the answers.

People have no clue that He,  the one who calls them, do not hide, but in all possible ways, and shows a comparison seeks to explain the secret that is not really a secret, but it is unrecognizable to those who wander in the darkness, until that moment when God’s light shines in darkness.

At that moment, everything changes.

Instead of darkness hi found light, instead of unrest hi found light, instead peace and instead of being lost a shelter.
Indeed, even now the man does not understand the new reality. He felt only the desire to get even closer to that light.
This light provides warmth, forgiveness, and security. It is no longer imaginary.

It becomes a reality and her wonderful name is Jesus.

If   man comes closer; he desire to go further, nearer and more, he wants to be never separated from the so longed shelter.
Every particle of his being thirst to be with Him, all the more united and to permanently ensure that state of spiritual bliss, because in this state for the first time he does not have a guilty conscience, because Jesus had forgiven him all sins, and brought peace and security.

He knows, because he believed that he to Jesus could confidently submit his entire burden, troubles, all his pain and illnesses.
Whatever happens, this one feels the truth of the words of Scripture

:” We are a nation of winning.”

From all trouble, with Him we are going out as winners.
Life with Jesus is the greatest treasure for a human being!
Now I can clearly understand the words of Jesus when he said:

‘‘…. went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

In this state we do not longer ask,

” What else should I give up? What is not allowed?”

Now we ask ourselves, what could we have to do, to ensure to be in the presence of Jesus?

What would we be able to change in our life, so that he may be closer? Then we do nothing because we have to, but out of pure love that we see in Jesus our Lord and became joyful to undergo His will.

Strange sounds when Jesus says, ‘merchant’, as in many places in Scripture writes:

‘‘… Freely you have received …”

Yes, no money, but when compared with the store, then you can clearly see that this what Jesus asks from us, is not money, but love, and this love fully involves the complete surrender of our whole being and a perfect life according to His word. Only then can we understand when He says:’’… precious pearl”, because the precious pearl is Jesus Christ!

‘‘…. went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

Jesus purchased our salvation with his life, paying the highest price in death on the cross of Calvary.

God gave us faith, and it allows us to carry out what is the price that Jesus Christ, who is our brightest jewel, asks us.
In the Gospel of Matthew, 13:1 +2 writes:

” The same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea side and great multitudes were gather unto him.

He did not go to the royal palace and spoke to crowned heads, nor to wealthy palace and spoke to riches, neither in college to erudite minds.

No! He talked to all the people: the rich and the poor: the scholars, tax collectors and fishermen.

It would be still speaking on the squares inviting anybody and everybody who would Him listen. To all them who would be willing to sell everything in exchange for a valuable treasure: a unique, glossy jewel! He still does not speak on the streets, but the Scripture says in all languages and all people, anxious not to worry, as we have in Jesus, Kingdom of God now and in eternity.
In the Gospel of Matthew 6:31-34, Jesus shows that he knew all the fears of people, but also the goodness of the Father, who cares for his children, because he says:

“Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? ‘ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear? For all these things the Gentiles seek.

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all, but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be anxious for itself.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. “

For a man is gain the maximum value of the kingdom of God, for it is eternal, and we can get it only through Jesus Christ.
Between all the valuables, he is our greatest treasure.
He is the pearl of great price for which it is worth it to give up, because its gain we receive, not only eternal life, which begins after the conversion, but according to God’s promise, and everything else we need.

Many think they have time to think of eternal life later in age, and continue to fight for their own survival or wealth alone in this and abundance that can have in this world, and are not even aware that they cannot win when they are struggle.
A little boy on the street attacked and threatened much bigger boys. The boy has not fallen into helpless panic. He remembered his much older brother and threatened:

” Go away or I’ll call my brother!”

The attackers were viewed with fear and rushed off headlong. They saw that the boy was not alone and that there is powerful protection.
Are we going to give up the protection of our oldest brother, Jesus Christ?

Jesus is the Son of God, the King, our Savior, but for the children of God beloved brother.

Jesus is our pearl of great price. Do not carry it in your pocket or store in the vault already carry Him in your heart.

We should not sell the property, because we cannot pay any money to buy it. Jesus is our salvation, and it is a gift from God.
What we need to do is just to give up evil and sin, and follow His word.