Priceless Pearl

A fisherman was fishing in the seas off the Coast of Palawan Island in the Philippines.

When the anchor of his boat was caught on something, he swam down to pull up the anchor. In the process he dislodged a giant clam housing an enormous pearl.

Priceless PearlThe pearl is 30cm wide, 67cm long and weighs 34kg. It is the largest natural pearl in the world with an estimated value of over US$100 million (or S$135 million).

But the unnamed fisherman was totally unaware of the value of the giant pearl. For ten years, he kept the priceless pearl under his bed as a good luck charm. He would touch the pearl every time he went out to fish, not realizing the immense value of that pearl could change his future.

Then a fire broke out this year forcing him to flee his wooden shack. He almost forgot all about the pearl until he was moving out and he remembered he had something under his bed.

He decided he would bring the pearl to his aunt, a tourism official for safekeeping because the pearl was just too heavy to carry along with him.

And that’s when the secret was out. The priceless pearl is now a centerpiece of attraction for tourists at the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa, capital of Palawan.

When I read this I wonder how many of us are also unaware of the value of the priceless pearl we have found.

Jesus likens the Kingdom of heaven as those who had found a pearl of great price.

“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).

Do we value the priceless pearl?

We have found the priceless pearl of salvation in Jesus Christ. Yet we hid it under our bed where no one knows we have such a precious gem.

Do we value the priceless pearl?

We go about our lives treating our precious Lord like a lucky charm for blessing and favor in our business contracts and dealings.

Do we value the priceless pearl?

We don’t seem to value the Bible like a treasure trove that is “more than gold, yes, than fine gold.” Instead we keep the written Word of God under the bed of neglect and obscurity.

Do we value the priceless pearl?

We are not driven to value worship like believers in religious sensitive countries who risk the pain of persecution every time they gather together for worship.

Do we value the priceless pearl?

We only come to realize the immense value of the caring support of our fellow brothers and sisters when the “fire” burned away our earthly hopes and securities.

Do you value the priceless pearl?

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