"The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it."
So much of our happiness and satisfaction in life depends on this: knowing what matters. If we don’t know what is really important, if we can’t separate things that matter from things that don’t, we can spend years … spend a lifetime … spinning our wheels, chasing wrong goals or false idols, or wasting time on things that never bring blessings or satisfaction. It is both easy and difficult to know what matters. It is easy, because God makes it so clear; difficult, because the world puts so many distractions, lies, and empty promises in front of us.
If we haven’t yet learned or chosen what will matter to us, today’s verse is a good start. “The kingdom of heaven” matters. The love of God matters. The “peace that passes all understanding” matters. Life lived with God, with God in us, matters. If other things have been our first priority until now, it is time to exchange them for what matters, for that “pearl of great value” that is our relationship with God.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA