The string of pearls
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.’
Matthew 13:45-46 (NIVUK)
The very first gift my husband gave me when we were first dating was a double string of pearls – they were and are beautiful. On the box was written ‘Pearls for a Princess’. Is it any wonder I married him? Perhaps that is why so many decades later I still find pearls alluring.
A journal on pearls notes: Officially the world’s oldest gem, pearls have been revered since long before written history. For this reason, their discovery cannot be attributed to one person in particular, but it is believed that they were first discovered by people searching for food along the seashore. We know that they have been worn as a form of adornment for millennia thanks to a fragment of pearl jewellery found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess that dates back to 420 BC, which is now on display at the Louvre in Paris.1
Pearls are complete, made by God – they have no need of polishing or cutting as other gemstones. Each of the gates of heaven are described as made from one pearl: ‘The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.’ (Revelation 21:21).
What amazing beauty lies ahead of all of us! We have been given a precious calling that cannot be bought. God our Father sought us out and paid an awesome price for us in the blood of His only Son, Jesus. Our Father in heaven regards His people as a ‘pearl above price’.
Let us not take our calling for granted but treasure it and share it with others.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up everything, even your life, to redeem, to buy us back for eternal life with the Father in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of
Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
St. Peter’s Church
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