20th November 2010

Special Love

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it”
Matthew 13:45-47 (NIV UK)

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”. Augustine, who was a bishop in North Africa in the early 5th century, wrote these words in order to comfort struggling believers.

God’s love is amazing. How can he concentrate on each of us when there are so many of us? My wife and I had three children under 5 and try as we could to give devoted time to each child, usually one of the other siblings would distract us in some way. Often all we wanted to do was to get them all to sleep and then collapse! But even at that early age each child was unique and we enjoyed how individually special he or she was (and still is!).

In the parable above, Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven. There are various possible interpretations including the idea that Jesus himself is the pearl of great value. But maybe there is another way of looking at it. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus valued each of us so highly that he gave his life for us.

Among all the pearls Jesus has found you. In his eyes you are special, a pearl of great price.

Great God, thank you that you have individual time for me, and help me please to make others feel special, as if they are pearls of great price. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Print This Article


Got something to say?