A Costly Pearl

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Zach. 4:6 “This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

(10) “For who has despised the day of small things?”
Jesus said in Matthew 13:33 the kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman hid in 3 measures of meal, until all was leavened. In verse 44 it is like a treasure hidden in a field and in verse 45, it is like a pearl of great value.
Both when found were of so much worth, it caused the man to sell all that he had to purchase this treasure.
The divine nature of Christ, given to us by the Holy Spirit, is a treasure of great value.
The anxiety free life of Jesus that is full of joy and peace is one of these costly pearls of truth.
But to purchase this truth and make it our own, we must first sell out to the Lord. If we only loan ourselves to Him, it will be only a momentary experience that we can easily take back to please ourselves.
Anxiety and worry come from a self centered / self pleasing desire. It may easily lead us into self-pity and discouragement.
But when I have sold out my life to Christ, and take His yoke upon me, the hardness of life becomes much easier and the peace of God can begin to rule over my thoughts and feelings of anxiety and worry.
In verses 47- 50 Jesus tells us this experience will happen as we live in the midst of an evil world. In John 17:15 Jesus is praying for us, saying, “I do not ask thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” At the end of the age, we will be taken out of this world of sin, but until then the Lord is wanting us to live in our earthly circumstances, our earthly bodies that are tempted with sin, and experience the struggle against sin, through the Holy Spirit strengthening us, in our inner man to overcome sin, our fleshy desires, and Satan.
In verse 52 Jesus asks them, “Have you understood all these things?”
(53) “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of Heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.
If we have become a disciple of Jesus in The kingdom of Heaven, then the Holy Spirit will bring new things out of His treasure and some old things. We must be content with the old as well as with the new.
To value the old truths we have heard from the beginning will then cause the darkness to pass away and the true light to shine in our life with Christ. 1 John 2:7
The old commandment to love one another as we love ourselves becomes a new level of love that Jesus speaks to us and leads us into. John 15:12 “This is my commandment that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
To love like this, requires me to sell out my standard of love for His.
My love is selfish, His is unselfish, my love is limited to my understanding, His love has all the wisdom that is from above in it.

Speaker: Phil Lapp

A servant of Jesus Christ and fellow worker in the Kingdom of God. Husband to Katie, father of our sweet son Christian, ( who has gone to be with Jesus ). A loved child of God with a burning heart, called to be an Elder at RLCF and a preacher of the Gospel.