Matthew 13:45-51

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. Matthew 13:45-46

What is the thing you most desire in life? What are the top ten things you seek after? Is Christ among your preferred pursuits? A sure sign of spiritual growth is that you yearn for Christ more than anything else.

Rhea F. Miller wrote, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands; I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hands.”

It is a radical change to want Jesus above all else, but it is evidence that the Holy Spirit is making strides in your life. The Holy Spirit will always point you toward a maturing relationship with Christ and conformity to His image.

Jesus taught the disciples that finding the kingdom of heaven is like finding a pearl of such ultimate value that you would sell everything just to have it (Matthew 13:45-46). To truly experience the Lord is to realize that nothing is worth so much as knowing Him. What stands between you and the desire to seek Christ first? Are you willing to grow to the point where your one dependency is upon Him? You will find that pursuing Christ is the most wonderful investment of your life. In His presence, you will discover the peace your sould longs to enjoy.

Lord, I desire You more than anything in life. I want to know You better and have total dependency upon You.

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