“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:”
The man in the parable above never went out to find the pearl of great price, but he found it. We don’t know anything about this man in this parable other than he set out to find some goodly pearls. This parable doesn’t tell us how long this man sought goodly pearls; all it says is that he set out to find these goodly pearls and ended up finding the pearl of great price.
I don’t know what your pearl of great price will be, but I do know that you will never discover it until you get busy serving the LORD. Your pearl of great price may end up being a thriving bus route or a Sunday school class that is successful in training adults or children to do something great for God. Your pearl of great price may be reaching the next great pastor while you are out soul winning or building a thriving church, or it may be raising one of your children to be greatly used of God. I don’t know what your pearl of great price may be, but I do know that this parable teaches several qualities about this man that it took for him to find this pearl of great price. Let me share these qualities with you.
First, he had desire. You will notice that he set out “seeking goodly pearls.” In other words, he had a specific desire to find these pearls. You will do nothing for God without desire. Desire drives you to separate from many things to get what you desire. If you are passive about life and the things of the LORD, you will never find anything of value in your Christian walk. Nobody can put desire in you; you must get the desire yourself.
Second, he had faith. It was faith that caused this man to set out to find these goodly pearls. He didn’t know if there were any, but he had the faith to go seek for them. You will find that faith will cause you to set out to get something you cannot see because faith gives you a vision of what can be done. Faith is an active word, which means that when you get the faith to seek goodly pearls is when you will set out to find them.
Third, he got busy doing what he was supposed to do. You will never find the pearl of great price in your life without doing what you know you are supposed to do. God doesn’t give you the pearl of great price in your life while you are sitting, but He gives it to you while you are doing what you are supposed to do.
Fourth, he didn’t quit. It takes work and patience to find that one pearl of great price. Many people quit in the hard times and miss what God had for them. Quitting must not be an option if God is going to use you mightily. Quitting is the enemy of faith, and the result of faith will never be realized if you choose to quit.
Fifth, he was willing to sacrifice everything to get that pearl of great price. You will notice that when this man found the pearl, he was willing to sell all that he had to get it. My friend, total sacrifice is necessary to finding the pearl of great price that God has for your life. When you have limits of what you will do for God and how far you will go to get it is when you limit the opportunity to finding the pearl of great price.
God has a pearl of great price for every individual, and that includes you. The reward of doing these five things will be realized when you find that pearl that God has for you.