The Kingdom of God is like a Trader and Property Investor – Steve Clark
Matthew 13.45: Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
A merchant, a business man or woman knows the value in something they trade in, in the value of a commodity. They know cost, margin and sale price – its logical. They know when something is of high value. Even more so an experienced businessman as they have seen many transactions. The Gospel says that the Kingdom of heaven is like a trader who bought and sold exquisite pearls. Knowing the value of pearls generally this trader knew this pearl was very precious when he saw it. The measure of the value was that he was willing to sell everything to acquire it. This verse can have various interpretations but the one that stood out to me is that you and I are the precious, rare, unique and exquisite pearl. God in the form of Jesus chose to give up everything, His position in heaven, His earthly body to purchase us. Jesus, the logical, rational trader and businessman, knowing the value and the cost, knowing the risk and the return, made a decision to acquire you and me. Note that in the parable the merchant is looking for fine pearls, he is actively searching and hunting out the precious pearl. So it is with Jesus, searching for us. Earlier in verse 44, Jesus said the Kingdom of heaven is like someone buying a property because they discovered treasure in it. Again, the same theme, they sold everything to acquire the treasure.
Matthew 13.44: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
You and I are precious treasure. God was willing to give up everything to acquire our souls. The creator of the universe gave up everything to come to earth. We have been purchased, bought by the blood of Jesus. These two parables are about cost and value. About acquiring something precious. In both cases the deal was so compelling, it was worth giving up everything for. The Kingdom of Heaven is like two business transactions – pearl harvesting trading and treasure hunting / property investing. Know today that you are valuable, that the greatest logical, rational and considered businessman in the universe gave everything to acquire you. There was no question, the ‘acquisition of value’ was so compelling. If you have not accepted God as your saviour, do so today. It’s life changing.