It’s Monday Grace!
You work all day and no one seems to notice. You do your best and no one cares. The people at work and at home take you for granted. They only comment when they think you failed. And you begin to wonder if you are valued at all.
Oh, you know they would miss you. You just wish you could hear something of that now. But the days roll on and on without encouragement or support. It really makes you wonder.
When Jesus spoke of the kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 13, He used some interesting illustrations. In fact, they are a little confusing to many scholars. He says the kingdom is “like a treasure hidden in a field,” and “like a merchant” who finds a pearl of great value, and “like a dragnet that was cast into the sea” and brought back full of many things, and “like a householder” who brings “things old an new out of his treasure.” These four things are quite different, and it can be hard to find the thread that pulls them all together.
But if you think about Who is speaking, it helps. Jesus isn’t just telling the disciples what the kingdom is like, He is telling them what it means to Him. And every one of these illustrations speaks of great value.
Listen: you are the treasure! You are the pearl! You are what Jesus seeks as He casts His net of love! You are the old and new brought out of His treasure stores. To Jesus, the kingdom of God is you! He came out of Heaven to find you. He went to the cross to redeem you. He paid the price for your sin. He did all the work, suffered all the pain, paid all the price—because He values you.
The act of calling you was an act of love. The act of saving you was an act of love. The act of walking with you through the beauty and ugliness of life is an act of love.
In this world, we find it hard to remember what has real value. We focus so hard on our own desires and pleasures that we don’t see others. But Jesus sees us, each of us. He knows you by name and by heart.
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. Matthew 13:45-46 (NKJV)
Never forget: you are the pearl for which Jesus gave all He had. You are valued!