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A Pearl of Great Price

September 29th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

This morning I read in Matthew 13:45 the parable about the merchant who found a pearl of great price and sold all that he had so that he could buy it. In my mind I contrasted that with the story of the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22) who was not able to give up his earthly wealth and went away sad.

Which one am I? I struggle to do God’s will and to serve his people but I am crippled by the voices that tell me I am not being appreciated and respected enough. When Jesus talks of giving up our worldly wealth does he not mean more than just our possessions? Does he not also mean our rights to ourselves? And if I am disrespected for doing God’s work, what does it matter as long as the work is done? Jesus emptied himself to serve those who disrespected him (Phil. 2:7-8). Why should I expect different? But when Jesus accomplished his task of service with humility, he tells us that he was then glorified (John 13:31).

I pray to be so identified with Christ that I am able to serve God’s people with no thought of my own glorification. I pray that I might glorify God through my work for him. No work that I do for God will end with me being glorified by men.

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