Following Jesus Devo Hero

The Field and the Pearl – 1-13-22

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. 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 13:44-46)

Devotional Thought

In the parables mentioned above, Jesus is showing what God has done to reach and transform people so they can become members of His family.

The “great price” in these parables, of course, is that which was paid by Jesus for our redemption and salvation.

In the parables of the “valuable field” and the “pearl of great price,” Jesus is saying that “the kingdom of heaven” is of inestimable value. Both involve men who sold all they had to possess the kingdom. The treasure and the pearl represent Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers. Although we cannot buy salvation by selling our possessions, once we have found the “prize”, we should be willing to give up everything to possess and nurture it. And what is attained in exchange is so much more valuable that it is comparable to trading an ounce of trash for a ton of diamonds. In both parables, the treasures are hidden, indicating that spiritual truth is missed by many and cannot be found by intelligence, power or worldly wisdom.

Notice that the merchant stopped seeking pearls when he found the pearl of great price. This reminds us that what we have through Jesus – forgiveness for our sins, freedom from our strongholds, abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven – makes further searching for satisfaction, significance and security unnecessary. He fulfills our greatest needs, satisfies our longings, makes us whole and clean before God, calms and quiets our hearts, and gives us hope for the future.

Prayer Focus
Lord, help me reflect on the price You paid for me to experience Your salvation, and help to realize how blessed I am to have Your presence, provision, peace and power in my life.

Follow-up Activity
Tell some people this week about who Jesus is to you and what He has done for you.