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Don't lose your precious pearl

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 3, 2023 | Matthew 13:45-46


When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:46 (NIV)


Natural pearls are extremely rare nowadays, with experts estimating that only one in every 10,000 wild oysters will generate a pearl, with only a small percentage of those achieving the size, shape, and colour sought for jewellery. That is, there is a 1 in 10,000 chance of discovering a pearl if you look for one. One could spend their entire life searching and still not locate one.

Again, pearls are formed in oysters at the bottom of the deep ocean. It is therefore not far-fetched to conclude that every valuable material resource human value is hidden. We can talk about Gold, Diamonds and other precious minerals and stones hiding under the earth. The more difficult it is to find, the more value is placed on them, which accounts for the high price tag.

Jesus likened the kingdom of Heaven to a merchant who was searching for such beautiful pearls and having found a very expensive one (just one) sold all he had to buy it.

How will this merchant treat this one pearl over the great value he had acquired with his whole life’s worth? He will guard it with his life because that one pearl is worth his life.


The Kingdom of Heaven is that one precious Pearl which is worth our whole life (Youth, Adult life, and old age) and which we must guard with our lives. The Kingdom of Heaven is therefore worth seeking after with your whole life, and when you have found it, get it, and do not lose it. For we gain all things by first losing everything we possess to acquire the kingdom of Heaven. (Matt 6:33).


Dear Heavenly Father, help me to make it my life’s goal to seek the Kingdom of Heaven with all that I am and all that I have. For your dear Name’s sake. Amen.



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