Once, when I was a nanny, I went to the King of Prussia Mall with the mother of the child I cared for. I had never been to a Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdale’s before that day. I remember being shocked, and slightly appalled, when I saw plain old, ordinary t-shirts ” on sale” for 45$!!!!!!
Can you say Walmart??!!!!
Anyway, she was shopping for jewelry, and asked to see a set of pearls. Now, these pearls had to be removed from a glass case in the wall with special codes entered into a tiny keyboard. We heard a Jetson-like sound, and then the salesman gently picked up the pearls, and placed them softly into the mom’s hand.
I remember she invited me to hold them, too. They were heavier than most sets of pearls my lower class hands had ever held.
Each pearl looked different from the others…
But they were truly beautiful.
In fact, the necklace was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.
25,000 dollars worth of beautiful!!
I VERY CAREFULLY handed them over, and spent the next several minutes trying to pick up my jaw off the floor.
Sometimes the real thing is really costly.
So, some people simply settle for an artificial version.
This is true in jewelry, purses, clothing, and basically everything.
I would be embarassed to tell you just how long I, for the most part, “faked it”.
I knew the words to say, the words to pray…
I knew what to wear, and I knew how to “behave”.
But I never had the scars that are the REAL signs of walking with God.
Scars that come from painfully putting others ahead of myself,
Scratches and dents from enduring endless illness.
Bruises from all kinds of betrayal.
Cuts from fully understanding my OWN sin and guilt.
The real thing is beautiful.
So is the Kingdom of God.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
When we finally find Him, we need to be prepared to give EVERYTHING.
Jesus tells us we need to be prepared to give Him ALL!
Our spouses, our children, our homes….
Every single thing that is dear to us.
In order to obtain what is PRICELESS…
When we can truly do that, we become a little more like Him every day.
Flawed in appearance, but flawless.
Blamed, but blameless.
Injured, but ABSOLUTELY PERFECT
In the eyes of the One who bought us.