Jesus is our pearl of great price.
Or so I was trying to explain during a Sunday school lesson this morning. As the parable says, the kingdom of God is like a merchant finding a beautiful pearl and happily selling all his possessions to buy it.
Instead of pearls, however, we were talking about something more valuable: toys.
Would you be willing to give your favorite toy to Jesus if he asked for it?
It’s was a leading question. The answer I was looking for was “yes of course.” I was then going to hit them with, “would you be willing to give Jesus all your toys?”
I got honesty instead.
“No” my two older boys chorused in unison, as if I had mentioned the unthinkable.
And then my 3 year old offered to give Jesus my 5 year old’s favorite toy instead.
I backpedaled. Maybe we should review the story, make sure they had understood the point.
They just didn’t want to part with any toys. Silly mommy.
I repeated that knowing Jesus is better than anything we have, and then we went to do our paper pearl craft at the kitchen table.
I realized, though, that it was time to be honest myself.
Would I, here and now, be willing to sell everything I own for the sake of knowing and living with Jesus?
Is my relationship with God worth that to me?
Secondly, would I be happy about it — knowing that I was getting the better end of the deal?
Yeah. When you put it that way….
As I was thinking out loud about this, my husband repeated something he had heard six years ago:
“Sometimes we don’t share the gospel because we don’t really believe it.”
It’s something that the Lord had already been speaking to me about this week. I get so focused on the cost of following Jesus that I forget it is good news. Sometimes I’m even ashamed of the gospel.
I forget that He is more important than anything I own, could own, or ever will own. He is the pearl of great price and my inheritance in Him will never fade.
So thanks kids. Your honesty was a good reminder and made me be honest with myself…. And hopefully get back on track.