How much is God’s Kingdom worth?

“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

This short parable that Jesus spoke challenges the way we view the Kingdom of God.  The action of the merchant selling everything he had is completely determined by his evaluation of the pearl, which he determined had great value.  He must have REALLY thought it was pricy if he gave up everything to have it!  On the contrary, if he had determined that the pearl was not that valuable to him, he wouldn’t have sold everything he had to buy it. 

In the same way our giving up of everything we have to be a part of God’s Kingdom is based on our evaluation of it.  If we view it as the most expensive prize, then it will not be difficult for us to give up everything. 

This parable can also be thought of in a different way.  Let’s place Jesus into the parable as the merchant.  Have you ever thought of it this way?  Did He not give up everything for us?  How humbling it is that we are His prize!  He bought us with everything that he had, including his life!  What an awesome God we have.  He doesn’t just instruct us on what to do, but sets an example with His actions.

This is my hope for us and for the teenagers of Goss’ Youth Ministry – that we would value the Kingdom of Heaven at such a high price, that our giving up of everything we have in order to gain it would make perfect sense. 

Blessings,

Josh

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