Thought for the Week - 9th May

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Matthew 13:45-46

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.
A parable is an earthy story with a heavenly meaning. To me, the heavenly meaning of the pearl of great price depicts you and I as a part of, and the object of, God’s salvation plan. The merchant or owner represents Christ, and the pearl for which he sold everything portrays each of us and the high price that was paid for our salvation.
We are, as individuals, so very precious to God. We can sometimes think of the price paid at calvary in wider terms for the church perhaps, whilst somehow the revelation that this price was paid to purchase us alone can seem harder to grasp. You, just where you are, and just as you are, are so very precious that Christ endured the most horrific torture and willingly gave His life in love for you.
Just as a merchant would know the value of that which he is purchasing, you are of great worth to Christ. He looks upon you with love and He has never regretted the price he paid for you with His blood. You are truly beautiful in His eyes. He atoned for your sin by His blood: the life blood of God shed that you would be saved from the pits of hell and brought out in to the light as a new creation. Just one drop is more powerful than all the principalities of darkness, and He gave it all for you.
Whatever you are going through today, know that Christ holds you in His hands as a precious treasure and an object of beauty. You are His pearl of great price, He gave all He had to purchase you, and He has no regrets.
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