You may be wondering why I chose a visual of margaritas, well, it’s simple. Our subject today is the Pearl of Great Price. Didn’t get it yet? The Greek word for pearl is margaritas, no, I’m not joking.
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
Matthew 13:45-46 NLT
Even though this parable ends the same way as the Hidden Treasure, Jesus chose a different type of character: a merchant. This salesman began his day like every other day. He went to work searching for his trade: pearls. That’s the contrast, this salesman was on a mission: find choice pearls and make a lot of money.
He had no idea that in his search that day he’d be lucky enough to find that one pearl of mega-value. In the Hidden Treasure, the man wasn’t searching and yet he found, however, in this story he was diligently seeking that fine pearl and also found. What’s Jesus’ point?
Consider two words: divine providence. Simply put, God is sovereign and in control of everything in our universe. Providence comes from two words: pro-video. It’s as if God made a video, in advance, of our lives. He knows us before we’re born and cares deeply about us. It’s never by chance that someone comes to salvation, its His providence.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. Romans 8:28-30 NLT
Consider Saul of Tarsus. He hated Christians and sought to persecute them but God knew Saul’s future and directed his path toward that outcome. Divine Providence. Seeking God or not seeking God, He’s in control: He’s sovereign. Thankfully, our free will cannot override His providential care and direction or Saul wouldn’t have become Paul.
So, back to this salesman; he was a seeker. His purposeful search, involving time and effort, yielded results; he found one. It was his day. His desire drove him to search for pearls and I want to be like that. Being a seeker isn’t spiritually immature, it’s constantly desiring to find those pearls that lead us to know Him better. Seek first, Jesus said, the kingdom of God and if you keep seeking then you’ll always find.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 ESV
It’s Friday, go have a margarita.