by Lenny Ports

The Pearl of Great Price
Lenny Ports
Acts 17:26-28

When you really think about it, everyone is searching for something in life. We want to look younger, feel better, make more money, have more things, be popular, become significant, and the list goes on and on and on.

What they're really looking for is something higher than what this life has offered them.

While it is good to pursue goals and accomplish your objectives, it must be put in perspective. Our human nature will drive us to pursue people or goals that the Lord hasn't put in front of us - sometimes to the point of exhaustion and burn out.

Turn to Matthew chapter 13

Matthew 13:45
''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.

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes, but he spoke plainly to his disciples. Jesus said in Matt 13:11 that as disciples of the Lord, God gives us the gift to understand the mysteries of the kingdom but not to the world.
He answered and said to them, ''Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

The things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned:

1 Cor 2:12-14

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy F6 Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

4 things from this parable:
1) the Kingdom
2) the merchant
3) the pearl
4) the sell out

1) This Kingdom that we are now part of is like a merchant seeking ...

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