Matthew 13:45-46 (ESV)
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Jesus does something he has not done in any of his other teaching about the kingdom. The kingdom is a PERSON not a mustard seed, leaven or a treasure. The kingdom is a BUSINESS MAN who finds the ultimate pearl and sells all he has to possess it.
Jesus shows us the heart of the King who rules this kingdom. ”For God so love the world he gave his only son…” (see John 3:16). God is the merchant. Our King laid down his life, gave it all, to possess us. That means God sees us as His pearl. Put Matt 13:44 with these verses and you have the king’s subjects sold out to the kingdom and the king sold out to his subjects. We live in a kingdom that is based on unconditional love and sacrifice. Jesus’ teaching echos a theme found Genesis to Revelation — God is looking for a people who declare, “You are our God!” and the people hear God declare, “You are my people!”
How will you lead Jesus followers differently this week if you see them as God’s treasured jewelry collection?