45…”the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
This beautiful verse is about our wonderful Jesus Who came looking for you and me!
Count The Cost?
Some preachers use this verse to give you the impression that following Jesus requires you to give up everything, as if we need to prove our faithfulness to God. Heard that before? Me, too. Then you’re informed, “You’ve gotta love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,” right?
Inevitably, the next thing you hear is that same person asking you, “Are you willing to give up everything to follow Him? Are you willing to count the cost? You must be like the merchant in the parable who sold ALL that he had to buy that pearl of great price! Do you love Jesus that much?”
Implication, Implication, Implication!
Does any of this sound familiar? You know what this person implying, right? That you don’t measure up and that God is angry with you, as if somehow you must prove yourself worthy of His love. Implication, implication, implication.
It’s not a question of worthiness: IT’S A QUESTION OF WORTH.