What would you trade for your salvation if you didn’t have it?
There’s a powerful parable that Jesus teaches in Matthew 13 where he talks of a man who finds a hidden treasure in a field. He quickly sells everything he owns so he can afford to purchase the field and the treasure along with it.
When I was a young I loved to collect and trade baseball cards. It was one of my favorite hobbies. I remember I traded for a Willie Mays card and it was by far my most valuable card. Willie Mays was one of the greatest baseball players ever to play the game. Then one day I took a handful of cards to a flea market where you could swap cards with vendors and other collectors when I saw a Hank Aaron card in the display. Hank Aaron another all-time great and at that time held the MLB Home Run Record at 755 Major League Homers in his career. I had about 6 or 7 cards with me that I was ready to trade, including my Willie Mays card. I knew that if I wanted to get that Hank Aaron card I was going to have to trade all of those cards to get it. I tried to haggle with the guy until finally I put all of my cards on his glass display and he agreed to trade. He got 7 of my cards including my Mays card, but I got this Hank Aaron card.
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
There are things in this life that are incredibly valuable, and if you don’t have them you would do just about anything to get it. In fact at times you envy those that have what you don’t have. We would trade everything you owned just to obtain that one thing. What is it? For the man in Matthew 13:44 it was a great treasure,
44 “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.
For the merchant, and for me in that story about the baseball cards, it was a pearl of great value. That would make you trade everything that you’ve worked so hard to get in order to obtain, the valuable pearl.