“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that the had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46
Have you ever felt like a little piece of sand being tossed around a giant troubled sea? Well, that is because according to this parable, you are. You are a little piece of sand, but the good news is that you are being changed into a precious pearl.
We all know a pearl is found inside of an oyster. But how does it get there? Unlike any other gem or precious stone, a pearl is the product of a living organism. This is how it works. A grain of sand finds its way between the shells of an oyster, which irritates the oyster. In order to find some relief, the oyster produces a secretion which forms around the grain of sand. That secretion is known as the mother of pearl and this process does not stop. The oyster continues to give of itself, growing weaker and weaker until it dies. It is through the suffering and death of the oyster that the pearl is perfected.
What a powerful and perfect illustration of the formation of the church. The Merchant is Christ, who came to earth in search of the pearl. And what did He find? He found irritants. He found unloving, unkind, unworthy little pieces of sand being tossed around a giant troubled sea. Romans 5:8 presents the gospel to us in an oyster shell: “But God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” It was God’s love that sent the Savior in search for the sinner. Consider this - while were like irritating little pieces of sand being tossed around a giant troubled sea, God demonstrated His love for us. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!
All of this in only a portion of the blessings found in “The Parable of the Pearl”. Join us on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we dive into this parable to discover even more blessings. God bless you all and hope to see you there!