“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.Matthew 13:45-46 ESV
In the 13th chapter of Matthew we find a whole series of parables. And most of these start with “the kingdom of heaven is like”. Each of these parables have a lesson to teach us about God’s kingdom. This one, about a pearl of great value, expresses the value of the kingdom. What is the kingdom of heaven worth to me? Am I, like the merchant in the parable, willing to give up everything I have in order to obtain it?
To be clear, the kingdom of heaven is not up for sale, there is nothing I can do to purchase my ticket into the kingdom. Yet at the same time the kingdom of heaven will cost me everything I have. It requires a dying to self, and a new life lived for Christ (Gal. 2:20; 5:24). Are you willing to give up everything for the sake of the kingdom, or is the pull of this world too strong (Matt. 6:24)?