Pearls are an interesting jewel. They say that pearls are queen of gems and the gem of queens. Beautiful, valuable, fragile even – Cleopatra dissolved one in a glass on wine and drank it.
In Matthew 13 Jesus tells a parable – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
That Pearl of Great price is us. We are the pearl that Jesus is seeking. We may be aware of our failings, of what we think is wrong with us, but Jesus sees us as the perfect pearl worth giving everything up for. Jesus sees value in us.
So the question is what can we learn from a pearl?
Lesson 1 – A pearl comes from an irritant to the oyster. It is formed when an oyster gets a grain of sand trapped in the flesh inside its shell. This piece of sand irritates the oyster and it responds by coating the grain with layers of saliva and calcium. This is then the pearl. What was an irritant to the oyster then becomes something beautiful, valuable. Even though you may not always see it, God is working things out for you. He’s taking the pieces of your life and transforming them into something fresh and new. He wants to take the painful moments, the years of sacrifice and the missed chances in your life and turn them into new opportunities—full of promise and purpose. God wants to use them for good.
Lesson 2 – A pearl is created in secret. It is a hidden work. The pearl grows hidden in the oyster submerged in water. God is present at all times, doing real unseen work in our lives. We just don’t know it until we look back.
Lesson 3 – The Colour of the pearl. Pearls take their colour from the inside of the shell in which they are growing. They range from white to gold, and from purple to black. Our circumstances, the environment in which we live in influences the colour of our life. The pearl that we become. Don’t let your circumstances define you but let them shape who you become. Use them to add beauty to your life.
Lesson 4 – Every pearl is unique. No two are alike and all have some imperfection. He made you the way you are for a reason. There is nobody on the face of the earth like you! God knew you before you were born and is excited about unleashing you on the earth!! Before you were born, God knew exactly what he was doing with you. Whether you’re quiet or loud, tall or short, blonde or brunette, sanguine or melancholy.
Lesson 5 – The pearl is rare and valuable. The word pearl is a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. And that my friend is you! Rare, admirable, and valuable. When you know your worth no one can make you feel worthless. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth! It is time for us to see ourselves as God sees us. It is time to stop allowing others to dictate our value and worth. It is time to stop allowing the world to dictate our value and worth! We need to lay everything aside that could possibly steal our self-esteem from us and remember that God has created us with inestimable value.
Lesson 6 – The pearl reflects light. One of the outstanding qualities of the pearl is its ability to reflect light. We reveal Him through our actions and responses. We reveal God through the demonstration of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, through our hope and through our commitment to justice and all things good. We are called to live a transformed life – one that sets us apart. What we do should reflect our faith and reveal Christ in us!
It is time to embrace the beautiful pearl that you are!