Discovering The Pearl Of Great Price: Pt 3 (2.13.19)

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We have been studying Matthew 13:44-46 which talks about finding a pearl of great price. If we understood all that the Kingdom offers we would sacrifice all that we have to obtain it.

Examples of the Kingdom of God and dominion as a gifts and referenced first:

  • The Kingdom of God was God’s first gift to man and the first thing man lost in the garden. It is also what Jesus came to restore.
  • John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner’s, first message was repent for the Kingdom of is at hand. Repent means to return to the highest. (Matthew 3:2)
  • Jesus instructs us to pray and call on the kingdom first “thy Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:9-10)
  • We are encouraged to seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)

What is the Kingdom? It is the King’s domain or the king’s dominion. It’s Jesus’ dominion and power. The Kingdom is the will of Heaven on earth. It is heaven in your marriage, heaven with your children, God’s will on earth.

  • We get days of heaven on earth! (Deuteronomy 11:21)
  • The first gift that God gave the church was dominion. (Matthew 16:19)

There are few believers who are willing to endure the cost of the anointing. Jesus is not just for Sunday. The gospel is all about what you can give so that you might gain.

The anointing comes with a cost as seen with the ten virgins in Matthew 25 who wanted to go to the wedding but did not count the cost and pay for oil to have in their lamps.

Luke 14:27-30
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Luke 22:23-25,29-33
And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

The disciples argued in these passages about who was the best. While we argue about a seat that we feel better equipped for than the one who has the seat, we are ignoring the seats that we were given to us.

2 Corinthians 4:5-10
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

There is a connection between the pearl of great price and what Paul tells the church of Corinth here in chapter 4.

There would have never been a resurrection without the crucifixion. When a seed is planted in the earth, the seed dies and a harvest comes. Life is not in the seed but in planting the seed. What in our lives have to die so that we can see its full power? The process is the cross, the pearl is when God raises it.

God will allow a thorn to remain in your flesh because it keeps you weak. When you are weak you’re not proud, its not about you, it keeps you on your knees, it is where He wants you.

You have to be a dead man walking. When a dead man is poked, he doesn’t flinch. You can’t aggravate a dead man. We must die to our flesh so that we might live. We have to be patient in the trial. Only then can God take you out of the trail and place you in the victory because then He knows that He can trust you in the victory.

Understand that the Lord is trying to develop a pearl in you and you must be willing to sacrifice all that you have for it. A pearl can take from six months to six years to produce and the longer it is forming inside the oyster, the bigger the pearl.

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The Anatomy Of Redemption: Pt. 2 (2.10.19)

Luke 10:30-34
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Look deeply into this story and see that it is a picture of redemption that spans from Adam to Jesus. Jesus came where we were. Jesus is willing to cover the cost of fallen man. This story was his answer to the lawyer who asks “Who is my neighbor?”

The man from verse 30 is a picture of man. The thief represents satan, being stripped of raiment parallels the fall of man in the garden.

Death has always been the consequence of sin. For the wages of sin is death.
You cannot expect that if your good works outweigh your bad works that the good works will get you into Heaven. The only way you get to God is by the blood of Jesus.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

We are all sinners saved by grace. We have no right to look down on another person with condemnation or self righteousness.

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Jesus is not afraid of looking into our wounds. He bore our grief and sin. Remember in the story of the good samaritan, Jesus poured oil and wine into the wounds of the man. This is a symbol if him pouring the Spirit and Redemption into our transgressions. His wounds became the payment for our transgression and we have been redeemed from sin an iniquity.

Ephesians 1:6-7
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

We have redemption and forgiveness because if his blood.

1 Peter 1:18-20
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Hebrews 9:12
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Your redemption has been paid for, its not on layaway!

Hebrews 10:11-12,15-20
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

In verse 12 God was so satisfied with the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood that He allowed him to sit down.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Discovering The Pearl Of Great Price: Pt 4 (2.27.19)

Matthew 13:44
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

John 12:25
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

What is in my life that I am holding onto that God says surrender? There would have never been a resurrection without the crucifixion. Somethings have to die so that God can raise them.

Matthew 25:1‭, ‬3‭-‬3‭, ‬5‭-‬10
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:   While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Luke 10:25‭-‬29
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Jesus addressed what he knew was in the man’s heart when he asked who was his neighbor. Jesus dealt with what the man needed to give up.

Luke 18:18‭-‬24
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.   Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.  And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.  And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.  And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Matthew 10:38‭-‬39
Same question, Jesus deals with his heart.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.   He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Luke 14:27
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 9:57‭-‬62
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

There was something in their lives that was more important than Jesus. Is there anything in your life that is more important than Jesus?

Luke 14:27‭-‬28
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Most people won’t make an exchange and pay the price for the anointing. Most people are looking to pay the least and gain the most. However, it is when you pay more that you truly gain more.

There is nothing that we could give that God won’t multiply and then give back to us.

Example: If someone approached you and offered to take your $1 and return to you $100, would you not take the offer? Jesus is presenting the same offer. He is willing to take your little and give you so much more.

Think about how you describe your sacrifice for the kingdom. We have talked about how a pearl is made and that it takes irritation and turns it into beauty. Many believers haven’t created pearls in their life because they have not stayed in the course. Instead, they run and don’t wait to see what the Lord wanted to do.

You can’t be a victor if you’ve not been in a battle. You can’t be more than a conqueror if you’ve never been in a conflict.

Acts 1:3
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

What Jesus went through, he didn’t call hell, agony, or sacrifice. He called it passion!

What you are waking through…that’s your passion!
If there is something you want to get in the spirit, you must sacrifice in the flesh.

Philippians 3:4‭-‬11
Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Don’t run from an opportunity to sacrifice, call it passion.

Discovering The Pearl Of Great Price: Pt 2 (2.6.19)

Matthew 13:47
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

A parable is a natural story used to reveal a spiritual principle. Jesus spoke in parables as he did in Matthew 13:47.

When we take a position of prayer and desperation, God honors that and responds. It’s the first promise of the beatitudes which speaks of God blessing
the poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to be a beggar of the Spirit.

Matthew 13:44-46
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Every one of us have a pearl of great price that God wants to bring out of us.
If there had not been irritation to the oyster, there would not be a pearl.

Revelation 3:15-18
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

When Jesus addressed the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3, He addressed issues they were facing: bad water and faith in their prosperity.
He was telling them that He knew all that they had, yet, He encouraged them to buy of him.

When He tells them they are blind, poor, and naked He is challenging their prosperity. It doesn’t matter how fine your clothes are, only Jesus can cover shame and repair brokenness. When you are uncovered you are vulnerable. Just like we use a “comforter” to cover ourselves when a change to our temperature is needed, there are areas that only Jesus can cover.

We must trust God, that whatever he takes from us is only going to be replaced by something better.
The lie the enemy tells is not good, he writes bad checks that you can’t take to the bank.

The Anatomy Of Redemption: Pt. 3 (2.17.19)

Psalms 44:25‭-‬26
​For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.

The love of God is not something you earn.
Hope is for the future.

Lamentations 3:21‭-‬22
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

God’s position is mercy. Shame OFF you! Good removes shame that the enemy tries to put on you.

Good made the first and the last sacrifice.

Exodus 25:21-22
And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

You don’t ever want to be in the presence of God’s law without the seal of mercy

Ephesians 2:2‭-‬9
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Examples:
The power of redemption is being redeemed and not going back. Like when you have been on a cleanse and you decide that because of how good you feel, you don’t eat junk food.

It is a fact that once you’ve indulged, it’s easier to indulge. Once you’ve been made free its harder to go back.

Titus 3:3‭-‬7
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The motive for God redeeming me is His mercy
God not only wanted the children of Isreal out of Egypt, He wanted Egypt out of them!
God has called its to walk in a harvest we didn’t plant because He is merciful.

Psalms 136:1‭-‬18‭, ‬21‭-‬26
O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.  O give thanks to the Lord of Lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:  And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:  With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:  But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.  To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:  And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:  And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:  Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:  And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.  O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The Anatomy Of Redemption: Pt. 1 (2.3.19)

Psalms 107:2
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Anatomy – When you take a thing and separate it into parts for detailed study

Luke 10:25-37
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The lawyer who questioned who is his neighbor was a master of the law, which in this time, the law would have been the bible.

Jesus answers him with picture of redemption:

  • Jerusalem is a picture of being in the presence of God
  • Adam/man – who left the presence of God
  • Jesus will return (like the good samaritan) and redeem those who are his
  • Jesus was journeying which means that he was traveling with a purpose
  • Oil that was poured into the wounds represents the Holy Spirit which renews us
    Wine that was poured into the wounds represents his blood that redeems us

We should spare no cost when it comes to redeeming fallen man.

Hebrews 12 reminds us that Jesus died for the joy set before Him.
Isaiah 54 indicates that he said nothing

He covered us by his blood so we could walk in the power of the spirit

Romans 3:23-26
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might 

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
How can you do anything while alive to pay a debt called death? You can’t, you must die but Christ has already died for you.

Proverbs 8:2
She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

James 1:15
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 5:20
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Revelation 5:6‭, ‬9
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

The thing that I was once ashamed of I now hold it up as a testimony, that’s redemption!

Discovering The Pearl Of Great Price: Pt 1 (1.30.19)

Matthew 13:1‭-‬3
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Jesus spoke in parables which is natural story with a spiritual lesson.

Isaiah 64:4
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Matthew 13:10‭-‬11‭
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Matthew 13:‬‬24‭, ‬31‭-‬31‭, ‬33‭, ‬44‭-‬45
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Matthew 13:44 – In this parable, the man found treasure when he wasn’t looking and then sold everything to buy the field. Some people have a testimony of the Lord revealing himself to them even when they were not seeking Him. Finding the treasure turned him into a seeker.

Matthew 13:45 – In this parable, the merchant traveler was seeking treasure and found a pearl of great price and sold all the things that he’s collected from all his travels to buy it. This can be seen as a testimony of those who were seeking the Lord and he revealed himself to them.

How good is a God that will reveal himself when when we weren’t looking?
How do you know the one you won’t invite isn’t someone the Lord wants to turn into a seeker.

Why did they find pearls? Here are some details about pearls and diamonds to consider. A diamond’s value depends on the work man’s hands. It is the work of the earth crafted by man. Alternatively, a pearl is the work of an organism untouched by man. The pearl is crafted by God.

We should have things but things shouldn’t have us. When the inventory of my life takes my full attention, then things have me.

Matthew 6:19‭-‬21‭, ‬25‭, ‬31‭-‬34
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

In both parables, the kingdom of God was more valuable than what the world had to offer.