Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

Sermon Manuscript: How Much is it Worth

The value you place on something is shown by what you’ll give up for it. For example, a couple years before I met my wife she was living in south Texas with some roommates. One day the apartment they shared caught on fire. I won’t tell you how that happened because I’m saving it for another sermon illustration. But if you’ve ever been in a situation like that you know that you need to act fast. So before Sarah ran out of the apartment she grabbed a few things that were of great value to her…like her laptop, her makeup bag, a pillow, and a pair of Ugg boots. She somehow forgot to grab her Maltese puppy, but thankfully he managed to get out on his own.

 We all value different things. And the value you place on something is shown by what you’ll give up for it—whether that be a financial sacrifice, a change in priorities, or risking your life amidst a small house fire. Well, in Matthew 13:44-46, Jesus talks in terms of value. He tells two very short parables that confront our own value system. In these two stories Jesus essentially asks, “What do you value most? How important to you is your soul? What would you trade for your salvation?” And what He taught was this: finding the Kingdom is like finding something of such incredible value that you’d gladly leave everything else behind to get it.

 Listen to what Jesus says: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matt 13:44-46 ESV)