The Necklace

   The first three books of the New Testament are full of earthly stories Jesus told that had a heavenly meaning; we call them parables. According the the Bible scholar, Charles Ryrie, there are 29 parables.  Jesus, the master teacher, understood that people would understand His heavenly meaning if He talked to them in stories out of their own experience.  One of parables is found in Matthew 13:45-46; “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls and upon finding one pearl of great value, sold all that he had and bought it.”  Ryrie says that the parable of the pearl indicates the incomprable value of the kingdom which will cause a man to do everything possible to possess it.  My words:  Man is always searching for meaning and purpose in life.  We hold on to things which we think have great value and will give us happiness, when all the time God has the greatest gift for us.  All we have to do is to give up that which we think is so valuable.  Following Christ always will cost us; the value of following Christ far outweighs the cost; so few are willing to pay the price.   

In what are you putting your trust and to what do you give great value?  Is is possible that we are holding on to things that are temporal and of lesser value when God wants to give us things that are permanent and of the greatest value?  Here’s a modern day parable for you.  I’m not sure who wrote it, but the heavenly meaning is clear.  Read on friend and be encouraged! 

The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

   “Oh mommy please, Mommy.  Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?” 

   Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face. 

   “Jenny, it costs one dollar and ninety-five cents.  That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.” 

   As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.  Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath.  Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.  Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny,

   “Do you love me?” 

   “Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you.” 

   “Then give me your pearls.”  

   “Oh, daddy, I can’t give you my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me. She’s my very favorite.”

   “That’s okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.  About a week later, after the story time, Jenny’s daddy asked again,

   “Do you love me?” 

   “Daddy, you know I love you.” 

   “Then give me your pearls.” 

   “Oh Daddy, I can’t give you my pearls. But you can have my baby doll.  The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful, and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”

   “That’s okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one.  Daddy loves you.”

   And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.  A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style.  As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. 

   “What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?” 

   Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said,

   “Here, daddy; this is for you.” 

   With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.  He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure. 

   So it is, with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.  Isn’t God good? Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go?  Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but believe this one thing; God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.  The greatest gifts happen when you share love and touch others.

Be encouraged today friends!


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark Rojas on November 25, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Good word. I hadn’t heard the story of the pearl necklace before – good stuff.


  2. Love your blog!


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