In Matthew chapter 13, we find a spot where Jesus tells three parables in a row.
The second of the three is also recorded in a single sentence:
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
If we didn’t truly appreciate the joy and fulfillment that we can find as a part of God’s kingdom in the story of stumbling upon a treasure hidden in a field, then Jesus tells a story about a pearl merchant and a great find. This person is seeking something specific, and when they find what they have been looking for, they liquidate the other assets in order to acquire the thing of their dreams.
What are you looking for? Contentment?
These are the things God offers as we live our lives in the kingdom. Now, getting these in their fullness may involve liquidating our interests in the things of the world that once falsely promised what we were seeking.
Are we ready to give up on materialism in order to be more content in the kingdom? Are we ready to give up on gluttony, greed, or whatever distracts us from God’s Word and God’s work? Even a little?
We might want to try it.
God, help me to let go of something that has a dangerous hold on me, so that You might take more control of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.