An Item of Value

Estate sales are a big deal where we live. The possessions of those who have died or been moved to a care facility are made available to the public. Often the sale offerings are items of sentimental value to their recent owner, but little material value to prospective buyers. But, shoppers come in hopes of finding at least one item of value.

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13.45-46)

This kingdom parable is often misunderstood. It is considered that we are the merchant, and the kingdom is the pearl of great price. But, it may well be that Jesus is the merchant, and the church is the pearl of great price for which He "went and sold all that he had and bought it."

The church is Jesus' "kingdom project," bought and paid for with His very blood. Ephesians 5.25-27 describes the price paid to make His church something of beauty and value. At its best, the church is a living demonstration of the coming kingdom. Through sacrificial love for one another, and passionate focus and declaration of the message of the kingdom of God, His church embodies the pearl of great price. And, the destiny of the church is to "be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.(Revelation 20.6)

We have an exciting role and destiny as His valued treasure!

©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission

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