“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,”
Growing up I would always hear, “Be careful not to cast your pearls into the swine” Matthew 7:6. The real significance of a pearl never really set in until today.
I was born in the middle of June where summer begins so, winter is not my friend. Pearls are my birthstone and have always been my favorite piece of jewelry. A couple of years ago my daughter Kade’sha bought me a tiger eye bracelet that had a pearl in the middle for Mother’s Day and my mother bought me a pearl set with diamonds for my birthday. They are two of my favorite pieces that I own. This year for my birthday I decided to invest in myself and bought a pearl ring. I have only had it 6 months and the pearl has already fallen out twice. Even though I had a warranty what is the purpose of taking a chance with losing the pearl if it continues to fall out.
The jeweler explained to me that pearls aren’t meant to be worn every day, only on special occasions. Because of how the pearls are made it is hard to secure them, but they are very beautiful to look at. They represent elegance, class, beauty, wealth, and wisdom. I loved it, but today I traded it in for something else.
“I am uniquely made”
Did you know that pearls are the only gem that is naturally formed inside another creature? Unlike other gems, it requires no cutting or polishing as is uniquely made and stands on its own. The pearl is also one of the most delicate gems that are valuable, very rare, and must be handled with care. When getting dressed it should be the very last piece that you put on because perfumes, hairsprays, etc. could tamper it.
Biblically in Matthew 7:6, a pearl is being referred to as to not to waste what is valuable on fruitless endeavors. Just like a pearl we were also created from something natural. We were created in God’s image. Wonderfully and fearfully made by the hands of God and we are precious in his sight.
Lord as we enter into a New Year, we want to thank you for pulling us through. May we be careful who we give ourselves to and how we allow others to handle us. Like a pearl, I am valuable, unique, and very rare. I AM WORTH IT! Help us to realize our true value and worth on the earth. That we will continue to become more like who you have created us to be.
- I am passionately loved (Romans 8:38, Psalm 56:8, Isaiah 43:4)
- I am a new person in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 43:18-19)
- I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13, Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 15:57)
- I am remarkably made (Psalm 139:14, Psalm 139:1-24, Genesis 1:27)
- I am extraordinary (Ephesians 2:10, Genesis 1:27)
- I am valuable (1 Peter 1:18-19, John 3:16, Psalm 56:8)
- I am chosen (John 15:16, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1: 4)
- I am courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6, 2 Timothy 1:7)
- I am a conqueror (Romans 8:37, Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 15:57)
- I am strong (Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 138:3, Isaiah 40:30-31, 2 Corinthians 12: 10)
- I am forgiven (1 John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 3:13)
- I am fearless (2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 23: 4, Psalm 56:3-4)
- I am blessed (Ephesians 1:3, Matthew 5:1-48, 3 John 1:2)
- I am righteous (Romains 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- I am pure (1 John 3:3,1 Peter 1:22)
- I am patient (1 Corinthians 13:4, Galatians 6:9)
- I am kind (Colossians 3:12, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
- I am heard (Psalm 116:1-2, 1 John 3:22)
- I am enough (2 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthian 3:5, Colossians 2:10)
- I am not alone (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 54:10, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 46: 1-2)
- I am healed (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 147:3)
- I am accepted (Romans 15:7, Romans 8:14-19, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:3-6, Colossians 1:21-22)
- I have a future(Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Philippians 1:6)
- I am at peace (Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 23, Mathew 6, Psalm 94: 19)