Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday Morning Devo--The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like... (Part 5)
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
(Matthew 13:45-46, NKJV)
This is an amazing pair of verses on how much it means for you to be able go into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Add up everything you own. Everything. Don't leave out a pencil or a bandaid. Add in all the things you wish you had. Think about if you could sell it all at face value--No! At ten times its value! Even that (including Mr. Gates, Mr. Trump, and all of the DuPont heritage in this calculation, by the way) would not be worth as much as one small corner of heaven.
And yet--God gives it to us at a cost far greater than that pearl of great price. It cost the life of His Own Beloved Son to get a ticket for you to enter there. That's how much He loves us.
Wow, Lord, my thanks and praise would never be enough, but this is what I offer you in return: Myself--all of me, all of my love, all of my worship, all my strength, all of my worldly goods, everything. Everything. You are worth far beyond the price of any pearl or diamond or other precious jewel. Amen