Pursuing the Pearls of the Kingdom
What do you own that has the most material value? You might say your house, property you own, or your vehicle. Isn’t it interesting that material possessions with the highest monetary value often fluctuate and depreciate over time? The moment we drive a new car off the lot, it’s value is diminished. A house may increase in value, but in a constantly shifting economic market, the value of our homes is about as stable as a bird’s nest in a wind storm.
We chase after these straw houses and toy cars with such vigor, only to realize later in life that we didn’t actively pursue the things that really matter.
Think of the merchant Jesus described in a parable in Matthew 13. He spent precious time and energy searching for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he sold everything he owned to buy it. This story is not a lesson in better business savvy or a guide to get-rich-quick.
Jesus teaches us what ought to be of utmost importance and value in our lives–the kingdom of God.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46
Do we treasure God’s kingdom with such passion that we would be willing to lose everything to gain it? Do we cherish the very presence of God as we prize the most precious of treasures? Do we long for, yearn, and eagerly await the day when Jesus will return for His bride?
God knows what we need on this earth. He knows we are in need of food, shelter, and transportation. He tells us in Matthew 6 not to worry about how we will feed and clothe ourselves. We will one day feast with the Lord at the wedding supper of the Lamb, and we will be eternally clothed in His righteousness and holiness (Revelation 19:7-9)!
When we dine with Him in His kingdom, I don’t think we will be discussing mortgages and interest rates, or how much we had saved in our 401K. God invites us to pursue His kingdom, to actively look for Him as we would fine pearls; to value our eternal residence with Him higher than anything else.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
The definition of seek has four significant meanings:
1.) to resort to; go to
2.) to go in search of; to look for
3.) to ask for
4.) to try to acquire or gain
As we go to our Father in search of His Kingdom, we can ask for what we need. His provision. His protection. His presence.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
When He opens the door, we will gain exceedingly abundantly, more than we could ever ask or imagine!
So let’s seek His Kingdom. Let’s search for glimpses of His glory, and we will experience a marvelous taste of heaven on earth. Seek God's kingdom. Search for glimpses of His glory, and you will experience a taste of heaven on earth. Click To Tweet In a world of moral filth and muck, we must earnestly chase after the pearls of His righteousness, holiness and purity–pearls that will never depreciate or diminish.
So clothe yourself in garments of the Kingdom! Treasure Him more than your very life. Trust God to provide what you need. He will give your daily bread, and so much more! Pursue His righteousness, peace, and joy–precious pearls that will gleam and glimmer into eternity.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit… Romans 14:17
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