“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)
I have always loved this parable. It reminds me that God is never on break. God is constantly searching after us. Writes Ann Childs, “God feels about us much the way a football player feels about the ball; fall on it, hang on to it at all costs to legs, arms and head.” The kingdom of heaven happens, because God finds us, touches us and we open our hearts to receive that great love God freely offers.
Notice each one of the ‘pearls’ has a final worth of such value that all else is dispensable for the sake of one. The buyer must sell out to buy. So, God’s way is one of complete sacrifice for each one of us. God’s sacrifice is shown to us most fully on the Cross! On those days when I feel that nothing that I do is right, when I feel alone, or unlovable; there is “Good News” for me… and for you!
I Remember years ago there was a bumper sticker that went around churches saying, “I found it.” The Good News is that in truth it is the other way around; God searched and found YOU! That is what worship is all about; giving thanks for a gift received and opening ourselves to receive it anew! To say thank you to God who would not give up on us and ask what we might do for God in gratitude. In the words of the hymnist, “I sought the Lord and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek Him … seeking me. It was not I found O Savior true. No I was found of Thee.”
Come join us in worship this month and give thanks for a gift received!