Parables: The Pearl of Great Price
To Remember: God's kingdom is worth all that we have
Do you have one toy that you like more than all the others? Do you have a best friend? What are you willing to give up in order to have that toy or be with that friend? In these verses, Jesus describes a treasure so great, so valuable, so precious, the men sold everything they had to gain it. They did not value anything of theirs as much as they valued the chance to have the treasure or the pearl.
Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven with this valuable treasure. What Christ has offered us is so great, so valuable, that there is nothing we have that is worth keeping if it means we can't be in the kingdom. Think about the treasure in the field. If the man sold his house, then got the treasure, he would have the money to build a bigger house. The kingdom of heaven is the same way. Jesus said:
There is nothing we could need that God can not provide for his people. He compares us to the birds and the flowers. If he takes care of them, we know he will take care of us, too.
Have you ever had a yard sale? It can be difficult to decide how much your old toys are worth. Or even if you want to sell them at all. In life, we often have to decide how much certain activities or habits are worth to us. Should we keep them? Which is most important. Jesus is telling us in this lesson that the most valuable thing in our life is our relationship to God. Are we in the kingdom? Will our activities or habits keep us from staying in the kingdom? What could possibly be more important than saving our souls and pleasing God?
PowerPoint Graphics: Pearl of Great Price PowerPoint Graphics - tell the story with these storyboards.
Discussion: What kinds of activities or habits can keep us out of the kingdom? What kinds of "pearls" should we be seeking in life? (List both on a board in opposing columns)
Memory Work: Use any of the verses above
Review Questions for gameboard