The Pearl of Great Price
Gaining a place in God's kingdom is worth more than all that we have.
Treasure and Pearls:
Jesus told a parable where He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like
treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and then hid again.
And then the joyful finder went and sold everything that he had so
that he could buy that field, so that the treasure would be his!
Jesus went on to say the Kingdom of Heaven is also like a merchant who
was searching for fine pearls. He found one pearl of great value,
so he went and sold everything he owned and bought it.
Do you badly want a toy or something valuable? Or is there someone
that you desperately need as a friend, and that you want to have at any
cost? (Let the children respond). What would you be
willing to give up in order to own that toy, or have that person as
your best friend? (Let the children respond).
What's it Worth?
Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven with these valuable treasures.
But, what Jesus offered by dying for us is so valuable, that there is
nothing we have or own that is worth keeping, if it means we can't live
in God's Kingdom forever. In Matthew 16:26, Jesus said:
"What will it profit a person if he gains the whole world,
but loses his life?
Or what will he give to get back his life?
Jesus was saying that we have to decide how much the things in our lives
are worth to us, and are they more important than knowing Jesus as our
Lord and Saviour? The answer is that the most valuable thing in
our life needs to be our relationship with God!
If you don't have Jesus in your heart, will your sins and things you do
that are wrong keep you out of God's Kingdom? What could possibly
be more important than the saving of your soul, so that you will live
a life that is pleasing to God, and know that you will live for
eternity in Heaven?
Think about this and make sure that you choose the most important thing - "I
want Jesus to be my Saviour so that I can have eternal life!"
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