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I Want to Buy This Pearl

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One man, with a sanctified imagination, offered the following idea of what it is like to surrender your all to God:

“I want this pearl, how much is it?”

“Well,” the seller says, “it is very expensive.”

But how much, we ask.

Well, a very large amount.

Do you think I could buy it?

O, of course, everyone can buy it.

But, didn’t you say it was expensive?


Well how much is it?

Everything you have, says the seller

We make up our minds, “All right, I’ll buy it, “ we say

Well what do you have? He wants to know. Let’s right it down.

Well, I have ten thousand dollars in the bank.

Good-ten thousand dollars. What else?

That’s all. That’s all I have.

Nothing more?

Well, I have a few dolars in my pocket

How much?

WE start digging. “Well, let’s see–thirty forty sixty, eighty, a hundred, a hundred 20 dollars.

That’s fine. What else you got?

Well nothing. That’s all

Where do you live? He’s still probing

In my house. Yes I have a house.

The house too, then. He writes that down.

You mean I have to live in my camper?

You have a camper? That, too. What else?

Well, you already havemy money, my house, my camper, my cars. What more do you want?

Are you alone in this world?

No, I have a wife and two children

O yes, your wife and children, too. What else?

Suddenly the seller exlaims, “O I almost forgot! You yourself, too! Everything becomes mine–wife, children, house, money, cars–and you too.”

Now listen–I’ll allow you to use all these things for the time being. But don’t forget, they belong to me and you’fe just managing them. Whenever I need any of them, youmust give them up, because now, I am the owner

Knowing Jesus is the pearl of greatest price. Nothing compares with it, but if you are to know Him it will cost you everything you have. That’s why your stewardship diagnoses the depth of your commitment.

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