Faith & Life: The Pearl of Great Price and the Hidden Treasure

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The Pearl of Great Price and the Hidden Treasure

Two Short Parables to Think About in Your Walk with the Lord

by J.M. Troppello

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46, NKJV)

Jesus spoke a lot of parables, and many are recorded in Matthew chapter 13. Verses 45-46 speak of The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price. In the Thomas Nelson Study Bible, it shares that Jesus spoke of this parable about Kingdom values as a way to encourage the disciples – to help them focus on the future in Heaven.

With this parable of the pearl of great price, the merchant sought out this pearl. He found it and sold all he had to buy it.

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44, NKJV)

In the previous verse, Matthew 13:44, Jesus spoke about The Parable of the Hidden Treasure. This person found a treasure hidden in a field. He hid it again. Then he sold all he had and bought the field. Then, the treasure was his.

With this parable of the hidden treasure, the man was not looking for a treasure. He happened to find it.

These parables show two different examples of how a person can “find the Kingdom of God.” Maybe the person was living life, wasn’t searching for God, but then found Him. Another person may be searching to fill the empty void in his or her life, and then found God.

Life Application

If you’re reading this article today and are already a Christian, you may not think that either of these parables apply to you. However, it can still serve you well to take a moment to think about your own salvation journey.

Did you find God when you weren’t looking for Him?

Did you find God because there was an empty space in your heart, and you were actively searching for Him?

Additionally, you can look at these verses as a way to try to understand the various paths of unsaved in the world today. There are many people who are not looking for God. Others are on a journey to fill that empty void in their lives. Many times, they try to fill that void with sin and other vices.

However, you can also look at these two short parables as a way to reevaluate your own life’s journey as a Christian today. Are you continually seeking God on a daily basis? Are there still voids in your heart that you are trying to fill because you haven’t fully committed every area of your heart and spirit over to God’s Lordship?

Believe me, I am asking the same types of questions in my own life daily.

It’s a beautiful thing to realize that God wants to help you find answers to those questions. As you continually open your heart to God, I pray that you (and I) will find those personal answers in our walks with the Lord.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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