The Pearl of Great PriceBro. David Chancellor
11/5/2000 11:00 AM
Matthew 13:45 & 46
Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to various things. He said it's like a man seeking good pearls. When he found one pearl of great price, he quit looking, sold all he had, and bought it. We need to seek "righteousness, peace & joy in the Holy Ghost." This man didn't focus on the price, but on the treasure. Having these things is important. Keep your focus on the heavenly things. There is a price to be paid if we would walk with God. It will at times require choices and things of difficulty. We will discover that this pearl is well worth the cost, the things we might go through. Having God in our life is a great treasure. Righteousness, peace and joy are of great value. Endeavor to keep these.
Numbers 13:26-33; 14:1-2
They were at the entrance of the land of Canaan. They reported that it was a good land. They didn't look at the treasure, but they focused on the cost. They had a sample of the good things in the land. There were some battles they would have to fight to enjoy the land. Caleb didn't loose sight of the treasure. The others focused on the cost, Caleb waited 40 years and kept his eye on the treasure. The others could have enjoyed it, too, but they focused on the cost. The devil would have us to focus on the giant. Keep your eye on the treasure. God promised to be with us. He won't get us in a fight and then leave us. Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us. The ones that focused on the cost missed out on Canaan. We don't want to miss out on what God has for us. The journeys of the children of Israel were used to portray salvation. Sanctification is worth what it costs. We want what God has regardless of the cost. The devil would tell us that it will cost more than it will. There is a real benefit in having the treasure: righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Jesus was approaching the time when he would accomplish the thing he came to do. Jesus went to pray about the trial that was facing them all. The disciples did not comprehend what was coming. Jesus was carrying a great burden and his disciples just went to sleep. It is important that we walk in the spirit. In the flesh there is a great deal of weakness. In our own abilities we may feel like we can't handle it, but we can handle it if we will walk in God's Spirit. In our own self, it is not there. In God's Spirit there is something that makes us able. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." If we keep our eye on the prize, we can make it. It will be worth whatever it costs. If you are going to pay anyway, you may as well have the treasure.